By BNN Reportorial Team
ALMOST a week after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, upon the endorsement of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) maintained Batangas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) along with Metro Manila and Bulacan, the confirmed cases of corona virus disease-positive in the province has now reached a 4,043 mark.
With some observers claiming that flattening of the curve is noticeable in Metro Manila, cases in the Calabarzon, particularly in Batangas, is still surging as ever since the gradual opening of economies for over a month now.
Independent monitoring of BALIKAS News tallied as of 6:00 o’clock in the evening of September 6 a total of 4,043 confirmed cases – 1,770 (28.93%) are active cases, 2,150 (53.18%) have recovered, while 123 (3.04%) have died of the virus. The Provincial Information Office (PIO), however, observed a data of the Provincial Department of Health (PDOHO) as of 3:00 o’clock of even date a much lower and delayed report of 3,753 cases with 1,956 active cases, 1,702 recoveries and 95 deaths.
Half of the cases (2,049 or 50.68%) reported in the province came from the four (4) component cities. Among them, Batangas City has the highest at 676 cases but it also has the highest recovery rate at 67.75%. Lipa City has the second highest at 488 cases while the City of Tanauan is at close third with 485 cases. Lipa City has also the 2nd highest recovery rate at 60.04%. The City of Sto. Tomas which has the lowest reported cases among the cities at 400, has also the lowest recovery rate at 34.25%, next to the City of Tanauan with 38.76% recovery rate.
Of the other 30 municipalities of Batangas, eight (8) of them have recorded more than a hundred cases, as follows: Malvar, 215; Calaca, 172; Talisay, 148; Nasugbu, 136; San Pascual, 130; Bauan, 110; Rosario, 107; and Lemery, 103.
The town of Mabini has the lowest reported confirmed cases at 9; while the island municipality of Tingloy remains the only CoVid-FREE municipality of the province.
The BALIKAS News’ monitoring also revealed that for August 1 to 15, Batangas has a total of 898 new cases with an average of 59.87 new cases daily. For August 16 to 31, new cases almost doubled to 1,414 cases, thereby recording an average of 88.38 new cases daily. The contagion slowly loosened to an average of 86.83 new cases fro September 1 to 6.
When President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reverted the quarantine status of Metro Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective August 4 to 18, the adjoining provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal were reverted back also to MECQ leaving Batangas with 1,119 cases under the GCQ level. On August 16, those places under MECQ were relaxed to GCQ until August 31; with Batangas extending the GCQ status until Aug. 31.
But with the surge of cases in August, the whole of Calabarzon were relaxed to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) effective September 1 to 30, with the exemption of Batangas being on extended GCQ.| – BNN