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DOH-8 lifts ‘local transmission’ tag off Tacloban City, 4 towns

TACLOBAN CITY along with four municipalities in Eastern Visayas has been able to successfully control the local transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH-8).

DOH-8 has attributed the development to the coordinated efforts of all sectors in the community.

“The early implementation of lockdown and the immediate isolation/quarantine of returning residents have greatly reduced the transmission of infection,” DOH-8 explained.

Tacloban City has recorded a total of 58 cases, La Paz, Leyte with 16, Burauen, Leyte with 8, and Tarangnan, Samar with 35.

As of Thursday, July 9, DOH-8 has reported zero active cases in these areas. Thus, the previous declaration of local transmission has also been lifted in this city and the four municipalities.

DOH-8 has also recorded 7 new recoveries, bringing the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 493 or 80.69 percent out of 611 cases. This includes a total of 98 or 94.23 percent recoveries of health workers who are now back to work. Only one healthcare worker of Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center here has COVID-19, while all employees of DOH-8 have already recovered from the infection.  Meanwhile, DOH-8 pointed out that in order for a province, city, or municipality to declare their area as COVID-free, it must have no new recorded COVID-19 case for the past two incubation periods or 28 days. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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