Majority of Central Visayas's Covid-19 patients are males

MAJORITY or 61.6 percent of the total coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Central Visayas are males, while the most affected age group (23.2 percent) is 21 to 30 years old.

This is according to the data released by the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas Center for Health Development's Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, covering the period of January 31 to May 27, 2020.

As of May 27, a total of 2,588 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded in the region. Of the number, 1,593 were males, while 995 were females.

Of the total number of cases, 1,820 are under home isolation, 408 patients were already discharged, 306 are currently admitted in healthcare facilities, while 55 have died.

The region has a case fatality rate of 2.1 percent.

Of the deaths, the DOH-Central Visayas said 49 are incidental deaths, while six are Covid-19-related.

Incidental deaths are those where the cause is a pre-existing condition, such as severe stroke, end stage renal disease, and stage 4 cancer, among others.

The province with the highest number of confirmed cases is Cebu, while among the highly urbanized cities, Cebu City has the highest Covid-19 confirmed cases at 2,111 (81.6 percent.)

In jails, Cebu City Jail has the highest case with 416 cases (64.40 percent), followed by Mandaue City Jail at 189 (29.26 percent) and the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center at 41 (6.35 percent).

The first Covid-19 case in the country was recorded in Bohol on January 31 when a Chinese national tourist was admitted at ACE Medical Center in Bohol.

In January to February 2020, community contact tracing was conducted in Bohol and Negros Oriental. On March 6, Negros Oriental reported its first confirmed case.

On March 13, Cebu City reported its first confirmed case. On April 20, Cebu City Jail conducted swabbing activities among persons deprived of liberty and jail personnel.

The DOH-Central Visayas said cases peaked on April 30 when the Cebu City Health Office conducted community contact tracing with simultaneous RT-Polymerase Chain Reaction testing. (WBS)


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