C. Visayas COVID-19 cases reach 600; majority are asymptomatic

Published April 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Minerva Newman 

CEBU CITY – The number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Central Visayas has reached 600 as of Tuesday, April 28.

According to the Department of Health (DOH-7)-Central Visayas Center for Health Development (CVHD), about 85-90 percent of the diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the region were asymptomatic, and do not need any medical intervention.

DOH-7 regional director Dr. Jaime Bernadas said the slow increase in the number of recoveries from the recorded confirmed cases can be attributed to the gradual nature of the body to develop antibodies to fight off the infection and recover.

“On the other hand, the immediate nature of death makes it faster to record as compared to the slow and gradual battle against infection,” Bernadas said.

As of April 28, DOH-7 data showed that there were 72 new COVID-19 confirmed cases from Cebu City, bringing the total cases to 547; Lapu-lapu City and Mandaue City remained at 32 and 11 cases, respectively.

Siquijor consistently remained COVID-19 free, while Bohol had only one case.

Negros Oriental had four cases, while Cebu province had one additional COVID-19 case Tuesday to bring its total to five cases.

“We remind our fellow citizens that this is a fight we can win, but we can only win if like good soldiers we do what needs to be done. We should be united in our fight against COVID 19 and not against each other, most especially our health workers who continue to selflessly serve in our health facilities even with the risk of being exposed to our common enemy,” Bernadas said.