Number of Cebu City barangays with no cases doubles to 14

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A TOTAL of 66 barangays in Cebu City have active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) transmission. But the number of barangays that has not reported any transmission for the past 10 days has jumped from seven a week ago to 14.

Guadalupe, the city’s largest barangay in terms of area and population, continues to have the most number of cases with 232.

Barangay Captain Michael Gacasan said the Sunday stay-at-home measure in the barangay will continue, adding that majority of cases are medical frontliners, bank workers and their respective families.

Most of them live in condominiums and subdivisions, he said.

Guadalupe is followed by Barangays Tisa with 106 cases, Labangon with 100, Apas with 89, Lahug with 88, Talamban with 87, Mabolo with 74, Camputhaw with 73, Punta Princesa with 64 and Sambag 2 with 49.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH) 7, Cebu City had 2,992 active Covid-19 cases as of Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

Based on the DOH national Covid-19 tracker, Cebu City remained at the top of the list of cities and provinces in terms of new cases in the last 14 days by date of onset of illness while Cebu Province, which had the second highest number of cases in the past two weeks, was overtaken by Quezon City.

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the DOH announced more than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus infection for the fourth consecutive day.

The 2,113 new infections brought the case count for the last seven days from Feb. 22 to 28 to 15,183, or an average of 2,169 per day.

This was 26 percent higher than the 1,713 daily average in the previous week from Feb. 15 to 21.

For the entire month of February, DOH recorded a total of 50,734, or an average of 1,811 per day, about 8.8 percent higher than the 1,663 daily average in January.

Sunday’s new infections brought the cumulative case count in the Philippines to 576,352.

There were 29 additional mortalities from Covid-19, which increased the death toll to 12,318. The case fatality rate was steady at 2.14 percent.

A “mass recovery” of 9,418 was reported, which brought the total recoveries to 534,271 and reduced the number of active cases in hospitals and isolation facilities to 29,763.

The “mass recovery” every Sunday is based on DOH’s time-based recovery strategy, which declares a coronavirus-positive individual with no symptoms for at least 14 consecutive days as clinically recovered from infection.

The remaining 29,763 active cases on Sunday comprised 5.2 percent of the total case count in the country.

The positivity rate remained above the World Health Organization (WHO) threshold of 5.0 percent as 1,415 out of 21,344 samples, or 6.6 percent, were found positive for Sars-CoV-2 in a 24-hour period until noon of Feb. 27.

Globally, nearly 114 million people have been infected with Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Of this number, more than 2.5 million had died as of Feb. 28. (MVI / SunStar Philippines / JJL)


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