Record recoveries see dramatic drop in active Covid cases, death at its highest

EASING. Restriction now have eased as Covid-19 transmission is on a downtrend that exercise at the Burnham Park is now allowed as seen in this Baguio Tourist Police photo where a cop reiterates to fitness buffs to observe the minimum health protocol.

While recoveries from the Covid-19 disease have been high the past six days with 837, 860 and 734 the last three days, deaths have been at its highest topping last month’s record.

After dropping to a double digit 88 during the height of typhoon Maring, the City Health Office logged under 200 cases the next five days as active cases dropped to 1,880.

After peaking to 4,686 active cases in September 4, the CHO recorded 4,934 recoveries in just 11 days as recoveries now outpace new cases with 5,776 total recoveries in the last 15 days or 385 Covid survivors a day.

That serves as a buffer to the 3,400 cases this month or a still high 227 new cases a day.

But deaths due to Covid is at its highest with 87 topping the 82 of the whole month of April, when the city had its first surge, as well as the 66 for the same period last month.

That is nearly six deaths a day with the highest at 13 last October 5, beating the 12 logged on September 12.

The downtrend in transmission has elated both mayor Benjamin Magalong and city administrator Bonifacio dela Pena. It was a frenetic September for the two after struggling to get a steady supply of oxygen and beddings to accommodate Covid patients in the city isolation centers at the former Sto. Nino Hospital and the Baguio Teachers Camp.

Dela Pena said the administration hopes to bring down the active cases further as he urged people to strictly follow the minimum health protocol and people to take their vaccine shots to protect them from the virus.

“We are no longer requiring vaccine stubs, all you have to do is register with the city’s vaccine site,” delap Pena said during Wednesday’s Ugnayan at the multi-purpose hall of the Baguio City Hall.

He said that they might even close some of the vaccination centers as maintaining one is expensive, while also saying that the drive-through vaccine center at the Baguio athletic bowl is serving its purpose to encourage those from the transport group to get jabbed.

Dela Pena said that the city is right on track in its vaccine efforts with more than 73 percent of the populace have been given their first dose or 207,626 of the 281,000 target population.

Those who completed their vaccine number now at 155,112 or 57.8 percent.

“We will go for the 95 percent of the population to get vaxxed to achieve herd immunity,” said dela Pena.

“It is what, like 73 days before Christmas and we just hope that it will be merry this time,” he added.

Magalong, meanwhile, said that they will help provide vaccine to its neighbors in Benguet especially those employed here.

The mayor said that it is only fair for Baguio to share what it has with its neighbors.



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