Government Officials says that SARS-CoV-2 Rate in Cebu is Scary and Upsetting

Author: Veronica Sabanillas
Post Date: November 23, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic in Region 7 is a segment of the global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus began Central Visayas on February 5, 2020, when the first patient of the disease was confirmed in Bohol. The first two confirmed cases in the Philippines were Chinese tourists admitted in a hospital in Metro Manila both who had traveled to Cebu and Dumaguete. The third case confirmed in the Philippines, was confirmed on February 5, 2020 which was also the first confirmed case in Region 7. The patient was a 60 year old woman who have already recuperated from the disease at the time of the announcement and was allowed to return to China on January 31st. The first sample obtained from the patient on January 24 tested negative for Covid 19 but the second tests formed tested positive for the virus. During the month of April 2020, there have been escalating number of cases in 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, exceeding Quezon City which had 1,558 cases at the time. An Overseas Filipino Worker repatriated from overseas to the province oh Bohol become its second confirmed case on May 13 after a few months of no cases. The province of Siquijor became the final province in Region 7 to record its first case in which its first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was signed on August 2. On the second week of March, the mayors of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue stopped classes in all levels for both private and public schools as a inhibitory measure against the spread of the virus.

Even though with the class suspensions, schools, collegs, and universities were still ordered to fulfill distance education measures. Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed the fulfillment of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day on March 15. The governor also signed that the Mactan–Cebu International Airport and the Port of Cebu would suspend all arrivals and departures of domestic passenger travel, effective March 17. On March 16, following the fulfillment of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella signed an executive order banning the sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all public places. On March 19, Mayor Labella ordered the short-term closure of all sales establishments in Cebu City, including all malls and the Cebu City Sports Complex but excluding establishments giving essential goods and services, until the end of the GCQ. The governor of Cebu announced and signed Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25 which places the all province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. A private enterprise called Bayanihan Cebu PH has positioned 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. Starting on the month of August 2020, restrictions have been loosened and Cebu has been classified as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).