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DOH Eastern Visayas applauds Leyte’s collaboration in combating Covid-19.

The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) has commended the provincial administration of Leyte for its efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province.

DOH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino said they are glad to collaborate with the province in combatting the coronavirus during an inter-agency task force meeting on Friday presided over by departing Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.

“Considering the virus’s novelty, we went through a lot and had ups and downs.” During the discussion, Sabalberino noted, “We didn’t know how to best handle and manage the situation, but Leyte had done a fantastic job.”

Petilla noted that the province had not closed its borders throughout the pandemic’s first three years.

All returning residents and those with signs of the virus who have been recognized as close contacts of an infected person must now undergo mandatory testing, according to the local authorities.

“When the epidemic began in 2020, our strategy was to limit the damage to a minimum, move on, and keep going.” “We gathered additional data on the ground to help us figure out what to do about the problem,” Petilla explained.

The provincial health office in Leyte revealed that 22,749 people tested positive for Covid-19 out of 192,131 people tested between March 2020 and June 4, 2022.

As of June 6, 22,584 confirmed cases had recovered, 168 had died, and there were only two active cases left.

Since Covid-19 instances are decreasing, the governor noted, the local administration should focus on restoring the economy, which has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

According to Petilla, the Covid-19 immunization should be continued, as should the inoculations booster doses.

As of May 24, at least 731,589 of the 1,346,183 residents targeted for immunization had gotten at least the first dosage, and 557,642 had been fully vaccinated.

Since the booster shots were made available in the province last January, only 16,368 residents have received them, according to the provincial health office.

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