THE National Government has come to the rescue, with the continued increase in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Iloilo City.
Mayor Jerry Treñas and the city's Covid team met with Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, chief implementer for Covid response in Visayas, and Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, presidential assistant for the Visayas, during their visit to Iloilo on August 26.
They discussed concerns on returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs), support to Covid-19 operations of local government unit such as assistance to Department of Health, medical personnel needs and equipment of City Government.
The leaders assessed the situation and will look for local and inter-agency cooperation to resolve the rising cases and continue to discuss challenges, issues, and gaps to help the city and Western Visayas.
A total of 349 active cases, including 322 local cases and 27 ROFs/LSIs and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (Apor), have been recorded in Iloilo City as of August 27.
Covid Team spokesperson Jeck Conlu noted some 3,000 backlogs of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests of Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (WVMC-SNL).
In its Advisory 12, WVMC-SNL stated that specimens received from August 21-26 are pending.
Releasing of RT-PCR tests encountered delays earlier following infection of several medical technologists manning the lab.
Cimatu was first sent to Cebu when the number of cases there was increasing. (PR)