COVID-19 death toll in Western Visayas climbs to 325

Published October 12, 2020, 1:25 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—The number of people who have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Western Visayas region has risen to 325.

This was after the Department of Health (DOH) recorded nine new COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend.

Seven new COVID-19 deaths were recorded last October 10, while two were reported last October 11.

Based on DOH-6 data, Bacolod City posted the most number of COVID-19 deaths with 114. It was followed by Iloilo City with 73 fatalities, and Negros Occidental province with 60.

There were also 45 deaths in Iloilo province, 24 in Capiz province, seven in Aklan province, and  one death each in Antique and Guimaras.

While 75.21 percent of COVID-19 cases in the region were asymptomatic, DOH-6 has warned of the complications.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH’s regional chief for Public Health Programs, previously told The Manila Bulletin that the public should not be complacent as numbers may rise since majority of newer cases recorded in the region were locally transmitted. Reyes also warned that COVID-19 infection among those, who have pre-existing medical conditions, may be fatal.

Meanwhile, there are now 3,759 active cases recorded in the region with 157 new cases recorded Sunday.  This brought the total number of cases since the pandemic broke out in March to 13.573.

There have also been 9,480 recoveries with the 245 additional recoveries recorded Sunday.