BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an appeal to de-escalate the quarantine status in Bacolod City from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in November.
President Duterte, in a recorded telecast, announced on Tuesday that Bacolod was among the places in the country that will remain under GCQ until the end of November.
This was despite Leonardia’s earlier appeal to the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to downgrade the city’s status to MGCQ starting October 16, citing the decrease in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases the past weeks.
Leonardia, in a statement on Tuesday, said he called Juan Jovian Ingeniero, officer-in-charge regional director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-VI, and regional IATF chairman, to reiterate the city’s appeal, given the major inroads that the city has made in battling COVID-19 in the last weeks.
Leonardia also said that even retired Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano, deputy chief implementer of IATF-Visayas, now considers the COVID-19 situation here stable.
Feliciano has urged individuals showing early symptoms of COVID-19 to seek immediate medical attention, as he stressed that strict monitoring of symptomatic individuals is important for them to avoid developing moderate to severe symptoms that could lead to further hospitalization, and worst – death.
“People die — that’s the worst thing about COVID-19. That’s why we have to prevent it. Several home deaths have been recorded due to the absence of, or late, medical intervention,” Feliciano stressed.
As of October 25, the city has 4,728 cases, including 4,244 recoveries, 120 deaths, and 364 active cases.
Bacolod has recorded only two new COVID-19 cases on October 27, the lowest since July 16, according to City Administrator Em Ang.
The city government also noted that the city now has enough bed capacity in seven hospitals in case of any surge in COVID-19 cases.
Of the 820 bed capacity in health facilities, 162 were being utilized and 658 were available, as of October 26.