COVID-19 cases down in Bacolod


Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Bacolod City have been decreasing in the past three to four weeks as a result of the effective interventions and systems being implemented to curb local transmission.

This was confirmed by retired Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano, chief implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-Visayas, who has been helping run the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Bacolod for one and half months now.

“We can say that the cases are going down. Also, the mortalities have lowered This is an indication that what the  EOC is doing is really  having good, positive results,” Feliciano said in a press conference with Mayor Evelio Leonardia and City Administrator Em Ang at the Bacolod Government Center, Monday afternoon.

He noted that from third to fourth week of September, Bacolod has been averaging 50 cases per day,  but  between   first and  second week of October, cases have gone down to an average of only 25 cases a day.

On Monday night, data of the City Health Office showed 21 new cases, the lowest in recent weeks.

Bacolod has recorded 4,629 confirmed cases, of which, 3,899 or 84.23 percent have recovered. There are still 614 active cases (13.26 percent) while total number of deaths is 116 (2.51 percent).

Feliciano credits the decreasing cases in Bacolod to the “committed, motivated and hardworking cluster heads and staff members” of the EOC Task Force led by Leonardia as chairperson and Ang as executive director.

He also acknowledged private volunteer consultants, Dr. Hector Gayares and Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputies for medical services, as well as the doctors of the City Health Office, who are at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19.

Feliciano said the role of barangay leaders has also been crucial in the city’s Covid-19 response. NLG