By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — Residents of Lapu-Lapu City were asked to be more cooperative as cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city “has increased to an alarming level.”
“COVID cases in our city had increased to very alarming level during the past five days. The figures are very disturbing for the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results have a minimum of 12 patients per day since Sunday, 14th of June until yesterday the 18th,” Nagiel Banacia, chief of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said in a Facebook post Friday.
“What is more worrisome is the number of deaths. We have recorded five deaths in the same duration. Although, the reporting of the COVID fatality was released late for some died earlier than the said dates, but still they died. It would cause a great concern and it would have a big impact in our community, as Mayor Ahong Chan would always remind me,” Banacia added.
Chan is also under quarantine after he tested positive for the virus.
Banacia relayed that there were 12 positive cases with two deaths last June 14.
On June 15, there were 18 positive cases with one death, while there were 12 cases with one death last June 16.
Twenty-two cases with one death were reported last June 17, while 19 cases were tallied last June 18.
Around noon yesterday, Friday, the city’s public information office reported that 19 more positive cases were added.
In the June 17 report of Department of Health Central Visayas, Lapu-Lapu had 230 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“Although, not all are bad news, yesterday (June 18), a nine-year-old female resident of sitio Lasang, Barangay Basak was discharged from Lapu-Lapu City Hospital after she was declared COVID-19 free,” Banacia said.
Banacia said every Oponganon can contribute in the campaign against COVID-19 by simply following the quarantine protocols.
He reminded Oponganons to always face masks or face shields, wash hands constantly with alcohol or water and soap, disinfect the constantly touched surfaces, maintain social distancing and “be a big brother or sister in your neighborhood.”
“Rally your family members, relatives and friends to join you in this war. The war is not complicated as you may understand it. The battle field is not anywhere else. It is within your midst. And you don’t need a powerful weapon. It is very simple— self-discipline,” Banacia said.