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Masks are advised for the public as Covid-19 cases increase in Negros.

As coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased dramatically this week, an official from the Provincial Health Office in Negros Oriental asked the public to continue using face masks and following the bare minimum of guidelines.

Dr. Liland Estacion, the provincial health officer, said that as of April 26, Negros Oriental had 49 active cases.

“Active infections were reported in single digits last week and in the prior weeks, sometimes as low as three or five cases, but now the number has increased,” Estacion added.

A 73-year-old female from Bais City was the only reported new death.
The fatality passed away last week and had comorbid conditions. According to Estacion, she did not receive any booster shots.

The health official also urged the public to adhere to the minimum health standards, particularly in light of the province’s current Alert Level 2 status, except for six towns and localities.

This is a result of the province’s 1,148,424 target population having a low vaccination rate of 58 percent.

Due to a high vaccination rate, this province’s capital city and the towns of Amlan, Bacong, Dauin, Valencia, and Zamboanguita are under Alert Level 1.

Increased cases of typhoid and dengue

Since January of this year, the PHO has also noted increased dengue, typhoid fever, acute bloody diarrhea, and hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD).

The province reported 398 dengue cases with one fatality, a 91 percent increase over the 208 illnesses and one death reported the year before.

This year, there were 177 cases of typhoid fever, compared to 101 infections and two deaths last year, an increase of 75%.

With 605 cases recorded, HMFD cases are likewise rising despite no fatalities. Estacion said that since the PHO only began monitoring the condition this year, there can be no comparison to last year.

Additionally, there were 288 cases of acute bloody diarrhea, a 95 percent increase over the 148 cases and one death from the previous year.

Estacion urged the public to be careful about these illnesses, particularly since most infections are typically brought on by tainted water, except dengue, which is spread by mosquito bites.

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