More than 125 COVID-19 deaths in Iloilo still unrecorded

Published August 26, 2021, 3:22 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – While Iloilo province had the most cumulative COVID-19 deaths in Western Visayas region, there’s still more than 125 deaths that are not recorded.

“We are still waiting for the death certificates, but we already know that these are COVID-19 related deaths,” said Dr. Ma. Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, chief of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office.

As of August 25, a total of 574 people from the province’s 42 towns and component city of Passi have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began late in March 2020.

Quiñon explained that COVID-19 deaths are not officially recorded on real time. They can only be recorded officially with death certificates, but the process presently takes a lot longer given restrictions and protocols.

According to Quiñon, some of these COVID-19 deaths occurred late July or within the month of August.

For Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., the COVID-19 mortality rate of 2.6 percent for Iloilo province is worrisome.

“We don’t like that. The national rate for COVID-19 mortality is only 1.9 percent,” Defensor responded to a question posed by Manila Bulletin at a press conference Thursday, August 26.

“We need to lessen our COVID-19 numbers,” Defensor added as he reiterated the restrictions imposed by the local government for provincial residents.