Baguio City COVID-19 toll breaches century mark

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Baguio City’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tally breached the century mark as cases spiked by 38 from July 24 raising the total count to 102 as of July 30.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong and city health officials attributed the surge to the expansion of the risk-based mass testing, the opening up of the city’s economy and the increased movement to and from the city.

The mayor however assured that things remain under control because the city has a well-placed COVID-19 control and response systems which just need to be strengthened and adjusted as the situation requires.

“We also need to innovate,” said the mayor who had ordered the beefing up of the city’s contact tracing system, quarantine, isolation and medical facilities and the tightening of border, lockdown and health and safety measures not just to address the problem but also to prepare for worse scenarios.

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He also urged the public to remain calm and to maintain vigilance in obeying health and safety protocols.

The mayor said the swell in cases can mean that the city is experiencing the “second wave” of virus affliction if the case curve is to be the basis.  He said the curve had dipped and flattened at some point before the rising anew.

Asst. City Health Officer Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes however said they are still determining if the city’s current situation can be categorically described as the second wave phase because the upturn was a result of deliberate testing and not due to accidental findings.

“We have had active surveillance and aggressive testing and it may be that we got lucky and hit those infected,” she said.

By: Aileen P. Refuerzo

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