Dagupan logs 742 active cases

By September 13, 2021Top Stories


DAGUPAN CITY continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic in the province when it registered the biggest single day surge of 109 cases against just 34 recoveries on September 9, bringing its active cases up to another record high of 742.

Now under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), a rung higher than its old Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), all 31 barangays of Dagupan City were already infected with COVID-19 and all health care institutions in the area, including the Region  1 Medical Center, have already reached their full capacities for the past two weeks.

Two fatalities were recently added to the 129 deaths since the start of the contagion.

So far, Dagupan registered a total of 3,234 confirmed cases and 2,443 have so far recovered.

A recent report also stated that several health workers at R1MC caught the infection while attending to patients, aggravating the situation further as the hospital is already in dire shortage of personnel.

In his video message on social media after the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) declared the GCQ classification for the city. Mayor Brian Lim again reiterated his belief that the recent surge of cases in Dagupan was caused by the more transmissible Delta COVID-19 variant even as there were only two Delta cases confirmed in the city.

Lim urged residents to strictly observe the health protocol – wearing of face masks and face shields, and frequent washing  of hands – and social distancing in addition to ban on social gatherings, enforcement of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew, modified liquor ban, requiring “s” pass registration latest negative RT-PCR results from visitors, number scheme for private vehicles in the downtown area, limiting to 50 percent attendance of people gathering for religious services and ban on any kind of sports, indoor or outdoor.

Bonuan Gueset continues to tower above all barangays in the number of active cases with an all-time high of 100, continuously holding on as the epicenter of the pandemic in Dagupan, followed by Lucao (72), Pantal (71), and Bonuan Boquig (61).

Malued has 46, Tapuac (32), Pogo Chico (31), Barangay II and III (22), Bolosan and Mayombo (17 each), Bonuan Binloc (15), Carael (14), Tambac (13), Lasip Grande and Tebeng (10 each), Calmay (9), Barangay 1 (7), Poblacion Oeste (5), Pugaro (7),  Lasip Chico and Bacayao Sur and Herrero Perez (6 each), Salisay (4), Salapingao (3) and Bacayao Norte, Lomboy and Mamalingling (1 each).

The infection in all 31 barangays made the city a high-risk area by the Department of Health Regional Office. (Leonardo Micua)

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