By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — More than 100 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients are due for release after reportedly recovering from the virus, the Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) reported Wednesday.
CCHD reported that 164 more recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who recovered from the infection to 394.
“Our mayor is happy that the number of recoveries is increasing,” said lawyer Rey Gealon, spokesperson of city mayor Edgardo Labella.
The bulk of the new recoveries was from Barangay Suba with 114.
Each recovered patient will be given one sack of rice, said Gealon.
“Disinfections have been conducted in areas where the recoveries are set to go home. This is done to protect their families,” Gealon said.
Vitamin C, food, water and other essentials were provided the COVID-19 patients while they were at the barangay isolation centers, said Gealon.
As of May 27, the city still has the most COVID-19 cases in Region 7 with 2,013, including 23 deaths.
Some areas in the city were still under total lockdown, and it will be up to the Incident Command System (ICS) when to lift the restrictions.
“Lifting of the lockdown will be systematic. We have a flowchart that is based on the inter-agency task force’s guidelines. Our medical experts will be assessing these areas to check if the criteria have been met for the lifting of the lockdown,” said Gealon.
Labella, on the other hand, said that he will be consulting with the concerned stakeholders for the possible downgrading of the city from enhanced to general community quarantine on June 1.