The City Health Office is expecting an increase in the number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city after the city’s quarantine status was downgraded to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer said in a virtual press briefing Wednesday morning, “We are expecting a rise in the number of cases in the coming weeks (Referring to Covid-19).”
The city health officer explained, with more people going out under MGCQ, the risk of being exposed to the virus is higher.
In the city, curfew is from 11pm to 4am, quarantine passes are still being implemented, while the lockdown Sunday was already lifted. Before, for Quarantine Pass A holders, they can only go out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while for Quarantine Pass B, they can go out every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Recall, Zamboanga’s quarantine status was from MGCQ it was upgraded to General Community Quarantine and now downgraded back to MGCQ.
Zamboanga City have a total of 897 Covid-19 cases. 501 of these cases recovered, 360 active cases, and 36 deaths as of August 18.
Of the 360 active cases, 299 came from the community, 48 Locally Stranded Individuals, eight Returning Overseas Filipino, and five Zamboanga City Jail related.
These patients are isolated at Cabatangan Isolation Facility, Ateneo De Zamboanga University Lantaka Facility, Euntes Facility, Zamboanga Ecozone Isolation Facility, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Cabatangan Department of Health Facility, and different private hospitals.
Miravite is also reminding the public to always follow health protocol to avoid being hit by the virus.
(R.G. Antonet A. Go)
(Source: CHO Virtual press briefing)