CASES of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have increased again in Eastern Visayas following the 346 new infections recorded out of 610 laboratory test results on Monday, January 17, 2022.

The new samples tested at the Eastern Visayas Regional Covid-19 Testing Center and Divine Word Hospital Virology Laboratory showed a 57 percent positivity rate.

The 346 additional cases were from Tacloban City (139), Ormoc City (4), Leyte (150), Southern Leyte (12), Eastern Samar (6), Northern Samar (4), Samar (26), and Biliran (5).

“With the onset of the surging Covid-19 cases in the beginning of this year, we are once again reminding everyone not to be complacent, and still follow the minimum public health standards,” said Dr. Marc Steven Capungcol, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units-Health Emergency Management Staff (Resu-Hems).

On Wednesday, January 19, Capungcol will also hold an online lecture on the updated guidelines on quarantine, isolation, and testing for Covid-19, particularly for local government units, government and non-government agencies, private and public health workers, and other stakeholders.

“The Department of Health also strongly encourages eligible individuals, especially our senior citizens, those with comorbidities, and children to get vaccinated and boosted immediately,” the regional health department said.

“Vaccines are still our best defense against the virus and its variants. It is proven to be safe, effective, and free,” it added.

As of Monday, January 17, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases was at 54,767 with total recoveries at 51,259 (93.59 percent), total deaths at 631 (1.15 percent), and total active cases at 2,876 (5.25 percent). (SunStar Philippines)