More COVID-19 patients recover; new cases at record-low in Baguio City

Published November 21, 2020, 11:10 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – This city posted yet another record-high number of recoveries in a day of 114, while recording new low in the number of new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, November 20.

With the large number of new recoveries, the city now has a total of 2,539 recoveries. Active cases are now also down to 272, as of 6 p.m., November 20. The number of fatalities remained at 39.

There were also 10 new cases, two of whom were contact traced, three were tested at work, and five were symptomatic.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo reported that, as of November 18, the number of active cases in the city has been cut down to 17.26 percent of the total number of cases, while recoveries increased to 81.34 percent. 

Mayor Benjamin Magalong welcomed the development, but noted that the downtrend in the city’s cases had been slow, owing to factors like the continued reopening of economic activities, eased up restrictions and continued local transmissions. 

Magalong said the public’s movement in Metro Baguio may also be a factor as people from other municipalities could freely move in and out of the city, and this may be a factor, especially if these local government units (LGUs) do not implement their own control measures.

He said that to enhance infection control, the city will implement various measures, including tightening border restrictions between the city and its neighbors, imposing new restrictions for people aged 65 years and above, enhancing monitoring of establishments in implementing minimum health standards, imposing a modified ban on liquor consumption and social gatherings, among others.

“This is also in response to the call of the medical community for enhanced control measures in the light of the increase in the number of severe cases and fatalities in the past days,” said Magalong.