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Eastern Visayas’ Covid-19 cases jump to 1,539

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – Confirmed coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Eastern Visayas jumped to 1,539 as 75 more residents have been infected, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday night, August 14.

DOH Eastern Visayas chief Minerva Molon in a press statement said the newly reported cases are mostly locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Metro Manila and close contacts of confirmed patients.

They will be tagged as Patient Nos. 1,465 to 1,539, she added.

Leyte has 30 new cases – four each in Tacloban City and Villaba, three each in Palompon, Tanauan, and Leyte, two each in Jaro, Matag-ob, Alangalang, and Julita, and one each in Burauen, Hilongos, Palo, Merida, and Baybay City.

In Samar, 27 more residents have been infected – nine each in Basey and Catbalogan City, eight in Villareal, and one in Calbayog.

Southern Leyte reported 13 new infections – four in Bontoc, two each in San Francisco and Hinunangan, and one each in Liloan, San Juan, Malitbog, and St. Bernard.

Five more cases were reported in Eastern Samar, two each in Maydolong and Balangiga, and one in Taft.

They are part of the 613 swab results from the region’s two Covid-19 testing laboratories here, Molon said.

The state-run Eastern Visayas Covid-19 Testing Center reported 58 new confirmed cases while the privately-managed Divine Word Hospital released 24 positive results, 17 of which are new cases and seven are retests of confirmed patients.

To date, the region has 993 recoveries, 540 active cases, and six deaths due to Covid-19 complications, based on the DOH monitoring report.

“Most of our patients are asymptomatic and confined in community isolation units and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities of their respective local governments but transferred to a higher health care facility if further management is needed,” Molon said.

The region reported its first patient on March 23 and from just 40 cases on June 1, the number has surged significantly due to testing of returning residents, including overseas Filipino workers and LSIs, mostly from Metro Manila and Cebu, she added.

With the increasing threat of Covid-19, Molon reiterated the health department’s information campaign, dubbed “Bida Solusyon”, which promotes four key behaviors to reduce the possible transmission of the virus. “Always bear in mind BIDA or B, Bawal walang mask (Not wearing a face mask is not allowed); I, I-sanitize ang mga kamay at iwas hawak sa mga bagay (Sanitize your hands and avoid touching surfaces); D, Dumistansiya ng isang metro (Keep your distance at one meter); and A, Alamin ang totoong impormasyon (Know the factual information),” she said.

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