TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – Eastern Visayas has 72 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, bringing the region’s cumulative total to 8,590 as of Friday night, November 27.
In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here reported 30 new cases in Samar, 28 in Eastern Samar, 12 in Leyte, and two in Tacloban City, the regional capital.
They are part of the 577 samples released by the two testing laboratories, 387 from the state-run Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center and 190 from the privately-managed Divine World Hospital Virology Laboratory.
The health department said 98.8 percent of the region’s confirmed patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, while the rest are severe or critical cases.
This includes the region’s 88 recorded deaths since March, mostly senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, the DOH said.
To date, the region has 631 active cases and 7,871 recoveries, as 47 more patients have recovered from the illness.
Among the six provinces in the region, the DOH tagged Samar and Eastern Samar as medium-risk areas for COVID-19, while Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, and Biliran as low-risk areas.
Meanwhile, six out of 143 towns and cities in the region have maintained their COVID-free status with no single case recorded since the start of the global health crisis.
These are the towns of Can-avid and Jipapad, both in Eastern Samar; Tagapul-an and Talalora in Samar; Biri in Northern Samar; and Hinundayan in Southern Leyte.
The health department reiterated its information drive dubbed “BIDA Solusyon”, which promotes four key behaviors to reduce the possible transmission of the virus. BIDA stands for Bawal walang mask (Not wearing a face mask is not allowed); I-sanitize ang mga kamay at iwas hawak sa mga bagay (Sanitize your hands and avoid touching surfaces); Dumistansiya ng isang metro (Keep a one-meter distance from other people); and Alamin ang totoong impormasyon (Know the factual information).