Breaking Cebu City News! 53 positive cases of Coronavirus in Cebu City is due to the fact started massive testing
Statement of Mayor Edgardo Labella
In light of the increasing number of individuals found positive of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Cebu City Government will go full blast with its targeted massive testing activities.
The City Health Department (CHD) has reported 22 new positive cases today, April 15, 2020, instead of the 23 new positive cases earlier reported, bringing the total number to 53 positive cases already. Majority of the cases are from Barangay Luz.
In a report relayed to me by Dr. Daisy Villa, chief of CHD, she clarified that the 1 positive case in Barangay Mambaling is the same case that was already earlier reported. The patient tested positive last month and later on recovered but when the repeat test was done, the patient tested positive again. This patient remains admitted at a private hospital.
The increasing number of individuals found positive of the COVID-19 is due to the fact that we have already started doing targeted, massive testing of residents in the barangay, particularly in Sitio Zapatera, following the lockdown imposed in the area.
The Cebu City Government has secured around 34,000 swab kits which we are now using to conduct massive testing. We are the leading LGU in terms of mass testing as we have the capacity
and the means to do so.
Thus, the growing number of cases is but expected. We have been hoping for the best, but at the same time, expecting the worst that could happen in order for us to be prepared.
As we speak, more swab tests are being conducted. This is combined with stringent contact tracing procedures of those individuals already found positive. And on top of it, containment protocols are being carried out in coordination with the DOH and the Philippine National Police.
I understand that the increasing numbers being reported is a cause of concern and worry for all of us.
However, since we are fighting an invisible enemy, we need all the information we can get. Data is vital.
And knowing that we already have this number of cases gives us stronger impetus to do what we have to do.