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GCQ for Eastern Visayas urged

Elmer Recuerdo

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TACLOBAN CITY — The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF) in Eastern Visayas has endorsed the recommendation of the Department of Health (DoH) regional office to place the entire region under a general community quarantine (GCQ) following the continued spike of coronavirus cases.

The recommendation to place the region under GCQ for at least two weeks was approved Wednesday by RIATF in a meeting Wednesday.

The region is currently under modified GCQ.

On Thursday, Eastern Visayas recorded 572 new infections, an increase of 58 percent from Wednesday’s 361 cases.

The new cases were recorded out of the 1,855 laboratory samples tested in four Covid-19 laboratories.

The total number of new cases represents a 30.84 percent positivity rate which is six times higher than the 5 percent threshold set by the World Health Organization.

DoH regional director Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino said the rate of Covid-19 infection in Eastern Visayas is already alarming, attributing it to “momentary complacency” in observing minimum health protocol.

“Our situation right now is very alarming so let us not go out of our homes if unnecessary. The health and well-being of our families is of utmost importance. This is not a time to be complacent, but a time to be vigilant and wary of the possibility of the continuous spread of the virus,” Sabalberino said.

Sabalberino appealed to local government units to help raise public awareness and reach out to those in dire need of help. She also asked LGU to expedite the contact tracing for the new confirmed cases.

Eastern Visayas now has a total of 23,338 Covid-19 cases, 20,948 (89.76 percent) have recovered, 2,058 (8.82 percent) are active cases and 332 (1.42 percent) deaths.

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