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Cebu City looms as new COVID epicenter

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MANILA, Philippines — Cebu City is “more likely” to be the new epicenter of coronavirus disease 2019 contagion in the country as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said yesterday.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año made the observation as he cited the growing number of cases being logged in Cebu City compared to Metro Manila, which is composed of 17 local government units.

“Yes, more likely because of the rate of infection in Cebu City,” Año said in an interview aired over ANC, when asked if Cebu City had become the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country.

There are at least 5,500 COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, including about 150 deaths and at least 2,300 recoveries.

Authorities said rampant violation of quarantine rules has greatly contributed to the spike in cases. Cebu City is under the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). President Duterte is set to announce possible adjustments in quarantine levels across the country today.

Over the weekend, hundreds of people reportedly gathered in Sitio Alumnos in Barangay Basak San Nicolas for a religious procession and fiesta despite the prohibition of mass gatherings under ECQ.

Año said the DILG would be filing cases against the organizers of the event, while concerned local government officials including barangay executives and police authorities would be made to explain why such gathering had been allowed.

Barangay officials have denied giving go signal to the event.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief made it clear yesterday that violators of the ECQ in Cebu City would be immediately arrested.

“That is our guidance there in Cebu because it is a requirement since their infection rate has increased dramatically. That’s why if it is needed, no more warnings, an immediate arrest follows,” PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said at a briefing.

He said that while Cebu City residents were generally mindful of quarantine rules, many were still displaying defiance.

The PNP had earlier deployed Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and at least a dozen aerial drone units to keep residents indoors.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dispatched a medical team to Cebu City to augment the city’s healthcare system.

The team, composed of nine doctors, 10 nurses, and 13 medical aides, flew to Cebu City on a C-130 transport plane.

“The Group of 32 will be part of history. You are among the first responders to help Cebu,” Cebu coronavirus management overseer Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in his send-off message.

“Our services during this pandemic in Cebu will never be repeated in our lifetime. Pagbutihin ninyo ang ating (Be good in your) services not only in the name of the AFP but you as an individual. Then after this pandemic you will feel self-satisfied in your life because we are here to help save lives in this moment of despair,” he said.

“In our first aid lesson, primary concern is to stop the bleeding. And the bleeding in Cebu is the number of deaths. That’s what we are going to do. To stop the bleeding there,” he said.

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/cebu-city-looms-as-new-covid-epicenter-año/ar-BB167aHT?ocid=msedgdhp

 

 

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SkyMan
24 minutes ago, Dafey said:

“The Group of 32 will be part of history. You are among the first responders to help Cebu,” Cebu coronavirus management overseer Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in his send-off message.

Right, we don't have a single doctor or nurse here that has done anything.  WTFO?

25 minutes ago, Dafey said:

“Our services during this pandemic in Cebu will never be repeated in our lifetime.

Let's hope.  What about Covid-26?  Maybe he thinks we'll all be dead by then?

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1 hour ago, SkyMan said:

Right, we don't have a single doctor or nurse here that has done anything.  WTFO?

Of course there have been frontliners battling for peoples health. The issue as I see it is:

1 hour ago, Dafey said:

rampant violation of quarantine rules has greatly contributed to the spike in cases. Cebu City is under the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)

All we have to go on is what we read in the news and what is reported here in this forum. From those sources it 'appears' that Cebu City residents have been shrugging off the seriousness of the pandemic as it it couldn't happen to them.

Granted the area has been low to nil on cases early on but especially since the borders have been opened cases are exploding and it's more critical than ever that people 'Stay Home' whenever possible. And again we see residents bucking the system and trying to bend the rules to suit their purposes. It is a lot like the country that is currently leading the world in CV19 cases. The people don't want to be told what to do.

But:

1 hour ago, Dafey said:

He said that while Cebu City residents were generally mindful of quarantine rules, many were still displaying defiance.

The PNP had earlier deployed Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and at least a dozen aerial drone units to keep residents indoors.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dispatched a medical team to Cebu City to augment the city’s healthcare system.

The ax has fallen?

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