Still DOH-8 reminds public not to be complacent

TACLOBAN CITY- In what could be considered as an indication that the cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region are now in the decline, the Department of Health (DOH) reported of only five new cases on Monday as over one million in the region are considered as fully vaccinated.
The five new cases is the lowest ever for the region for this year, said Jelyn Malibago, the regional information officer of the DOH, said.
The five new cases were part of the 218 laboratory samples tested by the two COVID-19 laboratories in Eastern Visayas.
“This is the lowest daily case of the region for this year. (But) we continue to remind the public that we are still in a pandemic and COVID-19 is still here. Please let us not be complacent,” Malibago said.
The decline of new daily COVID-19 cases of the region came at a time that almost all local governments have relax their restrictions which include the lifting on the use of face shields.
The new cases were all from Leyte province- one each from Tacloban City and the towns of Palo and Tunga and two from Palompon.
At present, the entire active COVID-19 cases of the region stand at 148.
Meantime, the DOH in the region also announced that it already reached a milestone on its vaccination campaign on November 21 as it reached more than 1.083 million of individuals who have received their two doses.
This means out of the 1.66 million across the region that have received their doses, only more than 579,000 have yet to receive their second jabs.
The DOH target to administer full vaccination to the region’s 3.36 million for it to achieve herd immunity.
In Tacloban City, 24 out of its 138 barangays have already achieved herd immunity, the City Health Office announced as the city government continues its campaign to achieve herd immunity before the end of the year.
The city government plans to conduct vaccination drive even up to 10 pm for it reach its target goal of at least 4,000 individuals receiving the shots.
Out of the more than 185,000 target population for the vaccination campaign, over 126,400 of them have received the shots.
Meantime at the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog town, Leyte, out of the current 2,153 inmates there or persons deprived of liberty,1,946 of them have received the vaccines of which 848 of them are now considered as fully vaccinated.