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No room for complacency in pandemic, mayor says

Bacolod City’s having 25 COVID-19 positive persons in a single day this week is a wake-up call to remind all of us that in a pandemic there is no room for complacency, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Friday, March 19.

On Wednesday, March 17, there was a surge in COVID-19 cases in Bacolod to 25 from an average of two a day since February.

On Thursday, March 18, there were six COVID-19 cases in Bacolod City that included two close contacts, two hospitalized symptomatic patients, and two health care workers – a nurse and a medical technician, Dr. Chris Sorongon, City Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical data and analysis, said.

On Friday, March 19, there are three new COVID-19 cases in Bacolod, two of whom are symptomatic and one is a pregnant woman, he added.

Leonardia said, “the rise in cases reminds us that COVID-19 is raging in Manila and Cebu, and that we must be extra careful.”

Until the COVID-19 vaccination drive is completed, we remain in the same situation we were in last year, Leonardia said.

There were 100 barangay health workers who were vaccinated with Sinovac vaccines in 10 barangay in Bacolod City Friday to boost the confidence of residents in the vaccines, Sorongon said.

“We also want to develop the confidence and competence of our vaccination teams,” he added.

Sorongon said they are also reminding malls in Bacolod City holding sales to observe minimum health protocols.

They are also discouraging the organization of mass gatherings, he added.*

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