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NegOcc posts 94% Covid-19 recovery rate

Philippine News AgencyAugust 18, 2021

COVID-19 CASES. Update on the Covid-19 cases in Negros Occidental released by the Provincial Incident Management Team on Tuesday (Aug. 17, 2021). Data showed the province has recorded 20,795 recoveries, or 94.11 percent out of the total 22,096 cases, with only 719 cases. (Image courtesy of PIO Negros Occidental)

BACOLOD CITY – The province of Negros Occidental has recorded 20,795 recoveries out of the total 22,096 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases as of Aug. 17, 2021, data of the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) on Wednesday showed.

Recoveries climbed to 94.11 percent after the province’s active cases continued to drop in the past weeks, totaling only 719 on Tuesday.

A month ago on July 17, active cases were still at 1,641.

On Aug.16, total number of active cases was 776; August 15 – 928; August 14 and August 13, both 895; August 12 – 940; and August 11 – 987.

In an interview, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson described the Covid-19 situation in Negros Occidental as “manageable”.

“We’re under Level 2. It’s really for now, manageable. As far as hospital capacity is concerned, we still have 52 percent available beds for Covid-19 patients. We’re hoping to keep it at this level,” he said.

Negros Occidental is under Alert Level 2, referring to certain areas that are at minimal to low risk but have a positive two-week case growth rate (TWGR), or areas that are at minimal to low risk, have a negative TWGR, but have a healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) higher than 50 percent.

This week, however, Negros Occidental was placed in the spotlight after the country’s first case of Covid-19 Lambda variant has been detected in a 35-year-old pregnant woman from Valladolid town in the southern part of the province.

“Upon recommendation of the Department of Health, they were swabbed again. Both mother and son were still negative. The fact that they are both negative tells us that they are already safe,” Lacson said.

Their latest repeat tests were conducted on Aug. 16 and the results came out on Tuesday.

Records showed that four days before her discharge from the hospital on Aug. 2, the patient’s specimen was submitted to the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) for whole-genome sequencing.

On Aug. 15, the DOH-6 received an endorsement from the Epidemiology Bureau, indicating that the Negrense patient tested positive for the Lambda variant.

As a variant of interest (VOI) identified by the World Health Organization, the Lambda variant “has the potential to affect the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 and is currently being monitored for its possible clinical significance.”(PNA)

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