COVID-19 cases in Bacolod drops

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— The City of Bacolod continues to see a downward trend of COVID-19 cases for the last 10 days of this month, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

But the mayor continues his appeal ut to the public not to let their guard down because COVID spread is difficult to predict.

“While we welcome the decline at a time when cases are surging in other areas, we should not let our guard down because the pattern of COVID infections is unpredictable. It’s been a roller coaster ride with COVID since early last year,” said Leonardia, who have been hands-on in the anti-COVID drive in the last 20 months.

Based on figures from the Emergency Operations Center, the city recorded only two-digit new cases in the last 14 days, averaging 36 cases per day.

In June this year, however, the LGU was registering three-digit new cases daily, averaging 119 per day. New cases slipped to only 73 daily in July, Ang explained.

This development came as Bacolod City’s vaccination campaign received an added shot in the arm from the National Inter-Agency Task Force which allocated 15,000 doses of the US-made Moderna vaccines through Secretary Carlito Galvez.

As of Wednesday this week, Bacolod only has 467 active cases.

In June this year, however, the city had 1,934 active cases in June and 913 in July 2021.

We are, therefore, appealing for your ccontinued understanding and full cooperation if we want to keep the rate of infections down by following minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shield when necessary; social distancing and observance of proper sanitation and regular disinfection and follow relevant stipulations of our Executive Order under the current General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restrictions (GCQ-HR), Leonardia pointed out.

City Administrator Em Ang reiterated that under the GCQ-HR status, people are being discouraged to attend mass gatherings that could be super spreaders.

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