Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Number of Coronavirus cases shoots up in Zamboanga

THE NUMBER of active Covid cases in Zamboanga City has spiked following the Yuletide holidays, but health officials said they expect more infections in the coming.

City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite said the number of active cases are now over 120 from just 100 before the holidays. She said 2 had died from the virus and raising the total number of casualties to at least 175 since the pandemic reached Zamboanga in March last year.

Although the number of Covid cases have risen, Miravite said the recovery rate is at 92%. Most of those infected with the deadly virus are now in quarantine facilities, but are admitted in different hospitals. 

Miravite reminded residents to strictly follow the health protocols and the community quarantine guidelines to remain safe from Covid-19, especially now that a new strain of the virus has spread in dozens of countries, raising more fears.

“With the detection of the new strain which appears to be more transmissible, we appeal to everyone to practice protocols and avoid social gatherings and be socially accountable and responsible for the safety of everyone,” she said.

Mayor Beng Climaco has already coordinated with the military’s Western Mindanao Command and the Department of Health in putting up measures to prevent the entry of the new Covid-19 strain in Zamboanga following its emergence in Sabah.

She asked local law makers to call for an emergency meeting to come up with a resolution for the temporary suspension of sea travels from Sabah to Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. 

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan has barred travellers from Malaysia and imposed a lockdown in his province to prevent the entry of the new strain of Covid-19. 

Tan temporarily closed the province to civilians coming from Sabah to pre-empt the possible spread of the new Covid-19 strain. Exempted from the travel restrictions are frontline health workers, security forces and emergency cases. (Zamboanga Post)

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