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COVID-19 spike in Cebu City not 2nd wave, health exec says

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 5:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image NO SECOND WAVE. Market-goers wear face masks at the Carbon Public Market in September, the first month of modified general community quarantine in Cebu City. DOH-7 chief pathologist Mary Jean Loreche on Monday (Nov. 23, 2020) said although there is a "routinary spike" in Covid-19 cases, there is no second wave but a demonstration that the people are getting relaxed in following the minimum health standards such as wearing of face mask and physical distancing while out in public. (PNA file photo by John Rey Saavedra)

CEBU CITY – An official of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas on Monday said there is no second wave of coronavirus cases 2019 (Covid-19) in this city.

DOH-7 chief pathologist Mary Jean Loreche said there is only a spike in the number of cases as monitored by the epidemiological surveillance unit of the agency.

Loreche noted a double-digit increase in the number of active Covid-19 cases which is a "routinary spike" as the capital is on the third month (November) of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

This, she said, is comparable to the spike in the number of cases reflected in September, the first month of the implementation of MGCQ in the city.

“When we talk about spike in epidemiological terms, we only mean for the routine numbers supposing a routine number of 10, 20, 15, (you can see) there is a sudden increase in the numbers more than double what we usually have. So that (is) a spike,” Loreche said in a virtual press conference.

She said that if the cases suddenly passed more than 50 after the agency normally recorded 10 to 30 cases, the figure demonstrated neither a surge nor second wave, as feared by residents.

Loreche said the spike in Covid-19 cases in Cebu City would be an “isolated incident whereby our number increases in a given period of time”.

She also warned that the spike in Covid-19 cases is a demonstration that the people have been ignoring the minimum health standards. If the data continues to rise, she said, it warrants stricter enforcement of health and safety policies by the local government units.

She, however, said stricter border control would not solve the spike of cases but stressed the need for stricter enforcement of the mandatory wearing of face masks and observance of physical distancing for people who are going out of their homes.

“There is already clustering of people even on the streets, even in the malls. They are no longer wearing face masks, they are not observing distancing,” she added.

The DOH-7 bulletin released on Monday night said the city has two new Covid-19 cases but recorded six additional recoveries.

Currently, the city has 367 active cases but its recovery rate remains 90 percent as it logged 9,535 patients who recovered out of the 10,584 total number of cases.

The city has 682 deaths due to Covid-19. John Rey Saavedra

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