DOH 7: Men comprise 62% of Covid-19 cases in CV

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MORE than half, or 61.6 percent, of the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Central Visayas were male.

The most affected group, or 23.2 percent, were between 21 and 30 years old.

This is according to the data released by the Department of Health-Central Visayas Center for Health Developmentā€™s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, covering the period of Jan. 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 male while 995 were female.

Of the total number of cases, 1,820 are under home isolation; 408 were already discharged; 306 are currently admitted in health care facilities; and 55 had died.

Central Visayas has a case fatality rate of 2.1 percent.

Of the deaths, the DOH 7 said, 49 are incidental deaths while six are Covid-19-related.

In incidental death, the DOH said, cause of death is a pre-existing condition. A patient dies from severe stroke, end stage of renal disease or stage 4 cancer, among others, in the absence of Covid-19 infection.

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

The DOH 7 also reported a high incidence of Covid-19 cases in detention facilities in Cebu.

The Cebu City Jail (CCJ) topped the list with 416 cases (64.40 percent), followed by the Mandaue City Jail with 189 cases (29.26 percent) and the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center with 41 cases (6.35 percent.)

The first case in the country was recorded in Bohol.

On Jan. 31, a Chinese national was admitted at the ACE Medical Center in Tagbilaran City.

From January to February 2020, community contact tracing was conducted in Bohol and Negros Oriental.

On March 6, Negros Oriental reported its first confirmed case, followed by Cebu City, which reported its first confirmed case on March 13.

On April 20, the CCJ tested inmates and personnel for the disease.

The DOH 7 said cases peaked on April 30 when the Cebu City Health Office conducted community contact tracing with simultaneous real-time polymerase chain reaction testing. (WBS)


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