DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental recorded 230 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) over the past four days.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser late Tuesday afternoon, said results from various testing centers showed 427 new cases from September 25 to 28.

Eight new deaths, occurring between September 23 and 27, were also reported.

Estacion, the Covid-19 ground commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said the rising number of cases is now the “third wave” of infections in Negros Oriental although she declined to call it alarming.

She also could not say if any of the infections were of the Delta or other variants.

Of the new cases, this capital city has the highest number at 64, followed by Canlaon City with 61; and Bayawan City, 42; while the rest of the infections were spread out in the other towns and cities.

As of September 29, the total caseload in Negros Oriental is 13,758 broken down into 11,778 recoveries, 1,697 active positive cases, and 283 deaths.

Meanwhile, the overall total of the Covid-19 isolation bed capacity for hospitals in Negros Oriental is pegged at 75 percent, Estacion said. (PNA)