Number of active COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas surge past 1,100-mark

Published August 29, 2020, 2:44 PM

by Philippine News Agency

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Eastern Visayas has reached 1,129, with 127 new infections reported on Friday night. 

The number represents 41.4 percent of the region’s total confirmed cases since March at 2,727, Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Minerva Molon said in a press statement.

The region has 1,579 recoveries and 16 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19, she added.

Three cases have not been included in the official death toll as they were under review.

“Around 85 percent of our patients are asymptomatic. The recorded deaths in the region since March are mostly senior citizens and those with comorbidities, such as kidney and cardiac diseases, hypertension, and diabetes,” Molon said.

Of the newly reported cases, 53 were in Samar – 25 in Catbalogan City, seven in Zumarraga town, six in Pinabacdao, four in Villareal, three each in Calbayog City and San Sebastian, two each in Basey and Hinabangan, and one in Sta. Rita.

In Leyte, 52 more have been infected – 28 in Tacloban, 10 in Palo, four in Villaba, two each in Burauen and Barugo, and one each in Alangalang, Julita, Kananga, Tunga, San Miguel, and Mahaplag.

Northern Samar reported 14 new cases – 13 in Catarman and one San Isidro – while Southern Leyte has eight – three in Malitbog and one each in Libagon, Pintuyan, San Francisco, San Juan, and Sogod.

They were part of the 1,306 swab results from the region’s two Covid-19 laboratories here, Molon said.

The Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center reported 106 new cases, while the privately-managed Divine Word Hospital Virology Laboratory released a total of 26 positive results, 21 of which were new cases and five were repeat tests of patients.

Molon said the number of cases continue to rise due to reported community and local virus transmission in certain areas and the arrival of more returning residents.

She added that among the new cases reported in the past days were several health workers and front-liners.

With the increasing threat of COVID-19, Molon reiterated the health department’s information campaign, dubbed “Bida Solusyon”, which promotes four key behaviors to reduce the possible transmission of the virus.

“Always bear in mind BIDA or B, Bawal walang mask (Not wearing a face mask is not allowed); I, I-sanitize ang mga kamay at iwas hawak sa mga bagay (Sanitize your hands and avoid touching surfaces); D, Dumistansiya ng isang metro (Keep a one-meter distance from other people); and A, Alamin ang totoong impormasyon (Know the factual information),” she said.