Cebu City records marked improvement in COVID-19 cases

Published October 21, 2021, 3:27 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — The COVID-19 situation here continued to improve as the city’s new infections remained on a downward trend.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reported that the active cases have done down to only 311 as of October 20.

Also on the same day, the city recorded its lowest positivity rate for the year.

“The lowest positivity rate for this year with 1,039 tested individuals and only 14 positive cases. That’s a 1.38% positivity rate,” said City Councilor Joel Garganera, head of EOC.

Several barangays have also recorded zero COVID-19 transmission in the past days.

“We now have 13 barangays with no reported transmission for the last 14 days,” said Garganera.

There was a time when new infections surged dramatically. The city’s active cases reached more than 4,000 cases last August that saw hospitals getting overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.

Since the pandemic struck last year, the city has already recorded a total of 41,010 cases, 39,250 recoveries and 1,451 deaths.

Despite the city’s improving COVID-19 situation, the public should remain vigilant, the EOC reminded.

“We should never be complacent. That is our number one enemy. Let us help our vaccination drive. We still have a long way to go in our desired target. We will have a better Christmas and New Year if we are all vaccinated,” said Garganera.

As of October 20, the city has already fully vaccinated 337,286 individuals while 392,706 have alrrady received their first dose.

The city, which is composed of 80 barangays with around one million population, has 765,467 adult registrants and 6,729 pedia registrants for its vaccination drive.