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EV receives 21,000 more jabs

Elmer Recuerdo

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TACLOBAN CITY — Vaccines against COVID-19 continue to arrive in Eastern Visayas (EV) amid a continuing surge in the number of new cases which have packed beds in government hospitals to the limit.

The Department of Health (DoH) in EV announced that 21,000 doses of Sinovac Vaccines arrived Tuesday morning, the 11th batch that the region received since March.

The vaccines arrived encased in 14 vaccine storage boxes and were immediately brought to the DoH-8’s cold storage facility. The DoH said the vaccines are intended for the remaining Priority Groups A1, A2 and A3.

Eastern Visayas has already received a total of 310,770 doses of such vaccines.

But while they continue to arrive, new cases of Covid-19 continue to spike with at least one in every four suspected carriers turning out positive of the viral infection.

On Tuesday, DoH-8 announced 243 new positive cases out of 889 specimens tested in three Covid-19 laboratories in the region, for a positivity rate of 27.33 percent.

Jelyn Lopez, DoH-8 information officer, said that while the high positivity rate is alarming, it also indicates that the contact tracing is effectively being done.

“This number signifies that contact tracing and testing activities in the region are efficient, active, and functional since we are able to catch, identify and detect infected people resulting in higher chances of stopping the transmission,” Lopez said.

Tacloban City still topped different cities and municipalities in the region with the greatest number of new cases with 41 while its adjacent town of Palo recorded 29 new cases and Ormoc City with 25.

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