THERE has been a decrease in the number of individuals who tested positive for the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was enforced in Cebu City, according to a top official of the Department of Health (DoH).
Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega attributed the decline in positivity and the mortality rates to the enforcement of stricter quarantine measures but clarified that it was too early to say if the ECQ would be shifted to a more lenient Modified ECQ or General Community Quarantine (GCQ) as it was a matter that needed to be discussed with the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
“Hindi pa natin masasabi yun as it is too early to say pero pag nag-progress yan at magdecrease ang mga metrics, yan ay pag-uusapan sa IATF… whether to downgrade Cebu City to GCQ. (We cannot say that as it is too early to say, but if this progresses and the metrics declines, the IATF will discuss whether to downgrade Cebu City to GCQ)”, Vega told reporters during a press briefing with Secretary Harry Roque Jr.
Vega also said they have ordered private hospitals to allot 20 percent of their bed capacity for Covid-19 patients, with an option to add 10 percent in case of a surge.
“Tamang tama talaga to cover Covid patients na ma-admit dito. (It’s enough to cover Covid-19 patients),” Vega said.
He added that the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center has allotted more than 30 percent of its bed capacity for Covid-19 patients, with an option to expand to up to 60 percent in a surge.