BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Action Plan against COVID-19, does not support the call of two doctors’ groups to place the entire Bacolod City under a two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine following a spike in COVID-19 local transmissions.
Galvez, who met with Western Visayas officials in Iloilo City, yesterday said “in the opening of the economy, we cannot afford total lockdowns of cities and provinces.”
He said that instead of an ECQ, “targeted and surgical lockdowns of only affected areas are the necessary steps to protect more lives and let our economy recover.”
A new strategy to fight the pandemic is to impose localized lockdowns such as in streets, houses, groups of houses, and a cluster of emerging hot spots, he said.
Bacolod City had 176 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases with 24 new ones reported by the Department of Health yesterday.
Two of the 24 new cases are a 3-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.
Twenty-three of the new cases are domestic and one is a locally stranded individual, who just returned to Bacolod.
Dr. Grace Tan, Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 spokesperson, said of the 23 domestic cases, about 20 involved close contacts of COVID-19 patients and three are new cases.
Six from Purok Seaside in Barangay Tangub, who tested positive and are relatives of a City General Services Office employee, who was earlier confirmed to have been hit by the virus, Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said.
Of the 176 COVID-19 patients in Bacolod, 59 have recovered, 113 are active, while four died.
The DOH also reported that 105 of the cases in Bacolod City are domestic.*