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Records keep falling as Covid-19’s Delta variant on a rampage

CITY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL Service Unit of the City Health Office head Dr. Donnabel Panes – Tubera rally the people to bring the fight home and help the city government in battling the Covid-19 virus which has been in a rampage this month due to the Delta variant. More than 4,000 have been infected for this month and the city needs to treat more than 3,100 active cases. Neil Clark Ongchangco / PIO - Baguio

After a “lull” with a measly 163 cases last Friday, Covid-19 came back with a vengeance Saturday and Baguio logged its single day high of 411 cases.

The Saturday record broke the 289 cases set on September 11, the 11th time this month that single day cases topped 200 and a daily average of more than 250 cases the past 11 days.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong attributed the high tally to “dumping of results”, when swab results were accumulated due to the volume of tests done.

Still the number was about 40 percent of the 1,106 tests done that day.

The Public Information Office Baguio revealed that more than 2,000 tests are being done daily due to the surge in cases. The PIO – Baguio added that due to the Delta variant, it is now mandatory to swab all close contacts of a person who tested positive for Covid-19. Moreover, aggressive community testing is being done.

On Sunday, Baguio is back to its “normal” this September with 286 new cases that bring the total active cases to an unprecedented 3,196 and total confirmed cases to 21,595.

Total cases this month alone has breached the 4,000 mark with 4,093 or daily cases of more than 215, of which 3,075 was logged the past 12 days or a staggering 254 cases a day.

With two more deaths on Sunday, the total deaths this month is 84, surpassing the 82 deaths set last April when 3,046 cases were logged. Average death this month is more than four.

Recoveries so far is 1,683 or more than 88 per day, which is rather low compared to the daily infection.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health – Cordillera on Sunday reported that 370 new cases were logged in Benguet, the second highest for the region’s local government unit for this month.

Total cases in Benguet now rose to 3,028 for this month with 2,678 active cases.

For the region, the DoH – Cordillera charted 1,030 new cases also Sunday, the second most after 1,068 last September 1,068 when Benguet accounted 376 new cases.

Total cases for this month alone, the DoH – Cordillera reported, is now 12,887 witj Apayao logging the third most with 1,778, followed by Kalinga with 1,348 and Abra 1,065.

Ifugao has the second least with 995 and Mountain Province having the least with 438.

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