With declining number of COVID-19 cases
TACLOBAN CITY- Mayor Alfred Romualdez of this city said its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases now under control.
Romualdez said that he made this assessment as the COVID-19 cases of Tacloban appear to be declining saying its daily cases report now average less than 10 cases.
“We see that the numbers are going down based on the report of our contact tracers. We now average between one to four cases. That’s a very good sign considering that we are a highly urbanized city with a dense population,” the city mayor said.
Last August 29, Tacloban posted its highest ever daily COVID-19 cases with 100.
But despite of the improving condition of Tacloban in terms of the number of persons getting the COVID-19 infection, Mayor Romualdez said that this should not give the people to be complacent.
He reminded the city residents to always observe and practice the mandatory health protocols like wearing of face mask and face shield and social distancing.
“We (have to) keep reminding our people to (observe) social distancing; wear face masks until the vaccine become available,” Romualdez said.
The city mayor said that Tacloban has been identified to be among the priority areas once the vaccine becomes available.
Based on the report of the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) last Tuesday (Dec.1), out of the 47 new cases of the region, seven were from Tacloban City.
For the entire month, Tacloban has posted 135 cases, which was comparatively lower compared to the month of October which was 158 cases.
In total, Tacloban, the regional and commercial capital of Eastern Visayas, posted 1,066 COVID-19 cases of which 16 of them have died.
At present, the city has 43 active cases.
Tacloban is among the seven areas in the country still under general community quarantine (GCQ) as announced by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. The status will last until the end of the month.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)