Zambo execs blame gatherings for surge in COVID-19 cases

Published April 29, 2021, 7:56 AM

by Philippine News Agency

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) – Most of the spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases here can be attributed to social gatherings, officials said.

Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, City Health Office chief, said leisure activities are also a contributing factor for the surge in cases, especially in settings where people don’t practice the minimum health standards.

“We have relaxed our practice of minimum health standards and we notice an increase of leisure activities and social gatherings,” Miravite said.

This city has registered a total of 6,067 confirmed cases based on the Covid-19 tracker data as of Tuesday. Seven of the total cases were reinfection.

The active cases have increased to 1,370 as 97 new cases were recorded with 232 deaths as eight new fatalities were listed, also as of Tuesday. The recovered cases climbed to 4,465 as 78 new recoveries were registered as of the same date.

Dr. Joshua Brillantes, Department of Health regional director, said the majority of the new cases were transmitted during social or family gatherings.

Brillantes said this shows that family members while on a get-together failed to practice the minimum health protocols that include wearing of face mask, face shields, and safe physical distancing.

Miravite warned that the local health system “is starting to be overwhelmed already.”

“Our hospitals are full, our isolation facilities are full,” she added.

Meanwhile, Miravite said some of the seven reinfected individuals, although mild and asymptomatic, were already vaccinated.

However, Miravite said that no one among the 232 fatalities was inoculated.