Improving COVID-19 conditions noted in Cebu City

Published November 3, 2020, 1:23 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—For the last 14 days, 47 out of the 80 barangays here have recorded zero transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said that, aside from the 47 with zero transmission in the past 14 days, four barangays remained with zero history of COVID-19 transmission.

Garganera added that the daily average positivity rate in the city continued to drop.

In August, the city had a 4.36 percent positivity rate, and it dropped to 2.80 percent in September. The figure further decreased in last October with 1.7 percent. 

The November 2 bulletin of the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas showed the city’s active cases have gone down to 150. The city has recorded a total of 10,267 confirmed cases.

Despite the improving situation, Garganera reminded the public to continue following the minimum health protocols, such as wearing of facemasks and observing social distancing.

The city government has promised to give P100,000 to each barangay that will be able to achieve zero COVID-19 cases from November 1 until December 31.

“Our goal is zero transmission. The Mayor will be more than happy to give every barangays the incentives. But more than that, it’s the discipline that we all want to be instilled in the hearts and minds of our constituents in terms of complying of the basic health protocol,” said Garganera.