New Covid-19 cases in Iloilo City swell by 109%

Iloilo City logged a 109% increase in Covid-19 cases last week, based on the data from the Iloilo City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit. (CESU).

From June 16 to June 22, the city recorded 113 new cases, or an average of 16 cases per day. This is 109% higher than the 53 cases logged on June 9 to June 15 with a daily average of 8 cases.

Majority of the new cases are medicine students and hospital health care workers.

The CESU reported that the city logged the highest number of cases on June 21 with 26 cases followed by 20 cases on June 16, and on June 18 with 19 cases.

As of June 18, 2022, the total active cases in the metro jumped to 100.

Independent pandemic monitor OCTA research also saw the spike in Iloilo’s positivity rate which is above the threshold set by World Health Organization (WHO) at 5%.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested.

According to OCTA research, the combined positivity rate of the city and the province of Iloilo jumped from 4.4% on June 18 to 5.6% on June 22

OCTA also recorded high positivity rates and above the 5% benchmark in the areas of National Capital Region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal.

Amid the spike of cases, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said most of the positive patients in the metro are mild cases. He assured that the city is ready for another surge of Covid-19 as the health facilities in the metro are already prepared.

“Nagadamo na lang garing subong ang gahome quarantine but kalabanan sa aton cases subong mild cases because our vaccination rate is so high. We are prepared, may mga bulong kita and ang aton healthcare facilities handa naman, the city is ready. Sige-sige lang aton kampanya sa booster,” he said in a previous media interview.” (DG)