BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental has remained on top of the list among the six provinces and two highly urbanized cities in Western Visayas with the most number of confirmed and actives Covid cases, as of Saturday.
The Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6 reported that Negros Occidental logged 6,335 confirmed cases, 5,079 of those are local cases, and Bacolod City trailing behind with 5,588 cases, 5,192 of them local ones.
The report added that Negros Occidental had 396 active cases, with 146 deaths. Bacolod had 88 active cases and 173 deaths.
The surge in the number of returning locally stranded individuals has prompted the Regional Inter Agency Task Force to approve the requests of 19 local government units in Negros Occidental for a moratorium on inbound travel of LSIs to the province until the first week of January.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City ranked third with 4,627 confirmed cases, of which 4,430 are local cases. It has 131 active cases, 4,352 recoveries, and 144 deaths.
Of the 21,401 cases all over Western Visayas, including the provinces also of Iloilo, Guimaras, Antique, Capiz, and Aklan, 887 are active cases, 19,878 have recovered, and 631 have died.
The Provincial Incident Management Team also reported that the municipalities of Salvador Benedicto and Pulupandan in Negros Occidental are Covid-19 free, with no single active case, as of Dec. 26.
But Bago City has the most number of active cases with 24, followed by Victorias City – 23, and San Carlos City – 21, Sagay City – 17, Moises Padilla and Isabela – 15 each, Silay – 14, and Cauayan, EB Magalona and Kabankalan City with 12 each. Towns and cities with low number of active cases are Candoni with one, Sipalay City – 3, and Manapla and La Castellana with five cases each.*