KASO NG COVID SA CALABARZON, BUMABA NG 14% SA LOOB NG 1 LINGGO

Marlon Luistro

Calamba City, Laguna – Bumaba na sa 3695 ang bilang ng mga aktibong kaso sa Rehiyong Calabarzon noong ika-18 ng Agosto, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Mas mababa yan ng 14 porsyento kumpara sa 4,299 aktibong kasong naitala noong Agosto 11.

Umabot na rin sa 504,078 ang bilang ng mga gumaling sa COVID na mataas ng 0.77 porsyento kumpara sa 500,180 recoveries na naitala sa ika-11 ng Agosto.

Nadagdagan naman ng 36 ang bilang ng mga nasawi sa sakit mula sa ating 13,649 patungo sa 13,685.

Suma total ay umabot na sa 521,458 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID sa rehiyon simula nang magkapandemya mahigit dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas.

Pinakamaraming aktibong kaso ng  COVID-19 sa lalawigan ng Cavite na may 1,094, kasunod ang Laguna na may 1,364, at Batangas na may 657 active cases.

Pumang-apat naman sa may pinakamaraming aktibong kaso ang Quezon na may 294, kasunod ang Rizal na may 248 habang ang lungsod ng Lucena naman ang may pinakakonting bilang ng aktibong kaso na may 38.

Nito lamang ika-17 ng Agosto, kasabay ng kanyang pagpapabakuna ng pangalawang booster ay nanawagan si Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sa publiko na makiisa sa COVID-19 booster rollout ng pamahalaan.

Ayon sa pangulo makatutulong ang booster sa pagbubukas ng ekonomiya at pagpigil sa mga nakakapinsalang lockdown.

Sa kanyang  mensahe sa paglulunsad ng PinasLakas Vaccination Campaign sa SM City Manila, binigyang diin ni Marcos ang kahalagahan ng papapabakuna ng booster shot sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng COVID-19 at mga nakahahawang variant nito.

Isa aniya itong malaking hakbang para matugunan ang mga probleang kinakaharap ng ekonomiya ng bansa at makabangon sa negatibong epekto ng pandemya.

CALABARZON LOGS 68 COVID-19 DEATHS IN AUGUST – DOH

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY—With the continued spike in COVID-19 cases in Calabarzon, at least 68 infected patients died in the region this month, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Data from the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH-Calabarzon on Thursday, August 11, showed that there were 10 new COVID-19 fatalities in the region.

Cavite topped the list with 19 deaths this month. It was followed by Batangas (18), Laguna (18), Rizal (8) and Quezon, including Lucena City (5).

Last month, at least 89 COVID-19-infected patients died in the region.

The DOH-Calabarzon tallied 4,299 active COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 11, reflecting an increase from 733 on July 1, data showed.

The analytics group OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

In Quezon province, the low rate of vaccination among qualified residents has been one of the factors that caused the continuous spread of COVID-19 infections, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

The IPHO disclosed that as of Aug. 6, out of 34 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 66 probable and suspected cases confined at the Quezon Medical Center (QMC), “six of them are severe and critical”.

“Four of them had no COVID-19 vaccines while the other two had no clear vaccination history and had no booster dose,” the IPHO disclosed in a public advisory issued on Aug. 6.

As of Aug. 5, at least 1,049,233 residents in the province or 74.8% of the target population have been administered vaccines against COVID-19.

However, only 161,973 or 23.1% of the general population have received their first booster dose, way below the target 701,770.

The IPHO also reported that only 107,023 senior citizens from the target of 141,752 were fully vaccinated. But only 29,440 have received their first booster dose.

Governor Helen Tan, who is also a physician, urged unvaccinated residents to get their jabs for their safety and protection of the community. She also asked the public to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19.