Despite threats that COVID-19 cases in the country is expected to rise after voters failed to observed minimum health protocols during the May 9 polls, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against COVID-19 has retained Bacolod’s alert level at the most relaxed status.
Starting yesterday up until May 31, Bacolod City along with 79 provinces & highly urbanized cities and 129 component cities & municipalities around the country will remain under Alert Level 1. Meanwhile, the province of Negros Occidental was placed under Alert Level 2.
But health officials have cautioned the government in easing restrictions due to the new Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1.
In last week’s Laging Handa public briefing , Dr. Rontgene Solante said that with the ongoing community transmission of the Omicron variant, the removal of face masks, lack of social distancing, and long wait in voting precincts made the elections a potential superspreader event.
As of yesterday, the DOH in region 6 recorded a total of 164 active COVID-19 cases in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.