Latest to succumb  from Calbayog City

TACLOBAN CITY-The number of deaths in Eastern Visayas due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is now at 90 with a new additional death from Calbayog City as reported by the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH said that the latest fatality from the region due to COVID-19 involved a 72-year old man who died last Nov.28.
He became the seventh deaths of Calbayog City due to complications caused by the dreaded virus. The city has 676 COVID-19 total cases of which 69 are considered as active cases.
In Maydolong, Eastern Samar, its mayor, Godofredo Garado, submitted himself as well as all of his immediate employees for swab tests after one of his staff was tested positive of COVID-19.
The town has already recorded seven COVID-19 cases.
The regional office of the DOH announced on Monday night that Eastern Visayas has now 8,737 total COVID-19 cases with additional of 12 cases.
The new cases of the region were from Leyte province with six cases; five from Samar province; and one from Eastern Samar.
In Tacloban City, the region’s capital and economic center, its COVID-19 cases continue to increase with three additional cases.
Its total COVID-19 cases is now at 1,053 of which 16 of them have already died.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has earlier announced that Tacloban City will continue to be under general community quarantine (GCQ) for the rest of December.
In an interview, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that he does not mind the city be remain under a strict quarantine status saying this could help address further increase of COVID-19 cases of the city.
He, however, said that its GCQ status could also be attributed to increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region where some of their patients are confined in different hospitals operating in Tacloban City.
The rest of the region, however, is now placed under a less stricter modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.