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Cebu City's COVID cases drop below 2 thousand | The Freeman

Cebu City's COVID cases drop below 2 thousand | The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Active COVID-19 cases in Cebu City are finally down to less than 2,000 after a month-long implementation of a stricter quarantine restriction.

In the data released by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Cebu City now only has 1,928 active cases plus 192 others recoveries still due for validation.

Aside from that, there are now 11 barangays with no active cases, but 69 others still have some.

The city’s positivity rate has also improved to 12.47 percent but is still way beyond the five percent World Health Organization threshold.

Out of the 1,139 tested, there were 142 individuals who tested positive.

The latest cases are spread into different age groups from 0-10 to 91-100-year-old brackets.

At least six individuals under the 10-under bracket were noted, 13 in the 11-20 class, 43 in the 21-40 age group, 22 in the 31-40, two in the 41-50 group, 14 in the 51-60, 15 in the 61-70 and four positive each in the 71-80 and 81-90 brackets and one in the 91-above age bracket.

Unfortunately, though, deaths are now also on the rise with 21 deaths already noted in the first week of September. They belong under the 31-above to 90-below bracket.

Last month’s death toll reached 286, the second-highest number since the start of the pandemic here.

Cebu City’s critical care utilization rate has also increased a bit from 60 percent the other day to 64.6 percent in the latest monitoring as 627 COVID-19 beds are occupied and 344 others as vacant.

There are two hospitals here that remain at the critical level and two others at a high risk while four others in moderate-risk and seven as safe.

With this the EOC continues to remind everyone to continue vigilance and ahead to the health protocols while the City of Cebu is now under general community quarantine to prevent another sudden spike in coronavirus cases. — KQD (FREEMAN)