37 deaths logged, but more recoveries than new cases

By October 4, 2021Headlines


NOTWITHSTANDING the continued threat of the more transmittable COVID-19 Delta variant in Pangasinan, the fight against the pandemic took a dramatic turn when statistics for the period  September 24 to 30 indicated there were 2,433 patients that recovered against 1,582 new confirmed cases logged, while sadly, 37 persons died.

It was the second week in the province that saw a decline in COVID-19 cases, effectively reducing the number of active cases in hospital and isolation centers as well as on home quarantine from 3,105 to 2,157 last September 23.

Among the 47 towns and cities of Pangasinan, only three towns are in three digit figures in the number of their active COVID-19 cases, namely, Bani, 146; Sison (135) and Umingan  (125).

Updated tallies in town and cities are Bayambang (87), Mangaldan (83), Lingayen (71), San Carlos City (70), Malasiqui (62), San Manuel (55), Binmaley (54), Manaoag (50), Pozorrubio (44), Asingan (42), Infanta (40), Urdaneta City (38) and Villasis (34).

Health officials believe that the General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restrictions, a classification given by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) from September 5 to 30 may have something to do with the significant drop of COVID-19, cases which on September 12 reached its peak at 4,884, the highest ever in Pangasinan.

The classification was given more teeth in an executive order of Governor Amado Espino III that directed all component Local Government Units to institute a unique, first of its kind “no movement day” once a week.

Border control points were intensified that even contestants of the Miss Universe Philippines and their entourage were not allowed to enter Pangasinan to do a scheduled pre-pageant activity at the Monarch Hotel in Calasiao since their entry did not have prior clearance for the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mar Wynn Bello, assistant regional director of the Department of Health-Center for Development 1, reported on September 29 that the COVID-19 situation in the Region is still alarming citing the continuous surging of COVID-19 cases in Ilocos Sur and in La Union. The cases in Ilocos Norte, he said, have declined.

San Fernando City in La Union has asked National IATF place it on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in its bid to slow down its still rising COVID-19 cases. (Leonardo Micua)

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