Government Officials says that COVID-19 Rate in Cebu is Scary and Distressing

Author: Veronica Sabanillas
Post Date: November 23, 2021

Caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the Covid 19 pandemic in Central Visayas which is a slice of the global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019. The first case of the disease was proved in Bohol for the Central Visayas which appeared on February 5, 2020. Two Chinese tourists admitted in a hospital in Metro Manila both who had travel history to Dumaguete and Cebu were the first two proved cases in the Philippines.

The first proved case in Region 7, and the third case confirmed in the Philippines, was confirmed on February 5, 2020. At the time of the announcement of the 60-year-old woman patient, she have already cured from the disease and was allowed to return to China on January 31st. Samples obtained from the patient on January 24 tested negative for Covid 19 but during the second testing produced tested positive for the virus. After March and during early April, there have been escalating number of cases in the island of Cebu. Govnerment jails also saw escalating number of cases. Cebu City for a short time became the city in the country with the unbelievable number of Covid 19 cases on May 10 with 1,571 cases, surpassing Quezon City which had 1,558 cases at the time. An Overseas Filipino Worker repatriated from outside the country to the province oh Bohol become its second proved case on May 13 after a few months of no cases. Siquijor's first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was declared on August 2 in which the province of Siquijor became the last province in Region 7 to list its first case. As a preventative measure against the spread of the virus, on the second week of March, the mayors of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue ceased classes in all levels for both private and public schools. Colleges, universities, and other schools, however, were required to impose distance education measures. On March 15 the Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia declared the enactment of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day. The Mactan–Cebu International Airport and the Port of Cebu would suspend all arrivals and departures of domestic passenger travel which was also declared by the governor effective March 17 On March 16, following the enactment of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella declared an executive order outlawing the sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all public places. Mayor Labella required the temporary closure of all commercial establishments in Cebu City on March 19 including all malls and the Cebu City Sports Complex but excluding establishments bestowing necessary goods and services, until the end of the GCQ. On March 25, the governor of Cebu declared Executive Order No. 5-N placing the all province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. A private operation called Bayanihan Cebu PH has instated quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be handled by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health. Cebu has been classified as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on the month of August 2020 so the limitations have been moderated.



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