Sitio Zapatera in Brgy Luz has 24 new COVID-19 cases
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The numbers keep rising for Cebu City as 24 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been recorded in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz in just one day on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
This is the highest recorded number of positive cases in one batch of sampling in Cebu City.
Mayor Edgardo Labella announced on Thursday afternoon that these 24 cases were all asymptomatic and were among those included in the mass testing in the area.
The new cases brought the number of positive cases in Barangay Luz alone to 53 over the past few days and a total of 77 cases in the entire city.
The mayor once again reiterated the importance of social distancing and staying at home in preventing the spread of the virus.
“I do not want to sound alarmist, but I want people to know that this is not an ordinary problem. We have to take extra precautionary measures,” said the mayor.
He said how the people in the sitio were still complacent even if the mass testing was being conducted in the area with people still walking about and staying out.
“Mao na nagpatawag gyod kog pulis to control didto nga idisperse gyod and maintain social distancing. (That’s why I ordered the police to control and disperse the crowd there and maintain social distancing.)
He understands that the area is crowded with informal settlers, a social problem that dates awhile back and now shows the detrimental consequences.
This social problem would need to have a permanent solution in the future, but Labella said the main focus would be to solve the coronavirus problem now.
The newly found cases are concentrated in the same sitio, but Labella said that they were preparing measures to take if the virus would spread to other areas in Barangay Luz.
He said there might be a lockdown of the whole barangay if the cases would go beyond the sitio.
Still, he said the only and simplest solution to this “big” problem for the public would be to stay at home./dbs
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