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EV has new positives

Elmer Recuerdo

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PALO, Leyte — Coronavirus cases breached the 100-barrier for the first time this month in Eastern Visayas (EV) on Wednesday despite the slight decrease recorded in key cities of the region.

The Department of Health (DoH) regional office reported 103 new cases as the region transitions into a new quarantine status in less than a week.

The 103 positive cases were out of the 1,106 total tests done in Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center and Divine Word Hospital Virology Laboratory.

While cases are gradually going down in key cities like Tacloban, Catbalogan and Calbayog, a few towns in Leyte and Samar showed double digit figures.

Of the new cases, the town of Barugo, Leyte registered the most number with 25. The town of Jiabong, Samar had 11 new cases while Babatngon, Leyte had 10. The cities of Tacloban, Catbalogan and Calbayog also had double digit cases.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has placed Eastern Visayas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until 30 September except for Tacloban City which is on stricter general community quarantine.

DoH regional director Minerva Molon said the regional IATF has not yet received any recommendations from the local government units (LGU) for a change of quarantine status after 30 September.

“Some areas where we have had zero active cases for a long time can already transition to the new normal, if they wish to, so that they can have their local economy going,” she said.

Molon said the regional IATF only relies from the feedback of the LGU on the quarantine status that it can recommend to the national IATF. She said the mayors are more knowledgeable of the condition on the ground based on the trend of infection and their capability.

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