PARANAQUE City’s confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections rose above 1,000 on Saturday, but recorded the highest recovery rate from the infection.
Dr. Darius Sebastian, chief of the City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) said as of June 27, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city had jumped to 1,024 with the addition of 85 cases over a period of three days.
Barangay BF Homes, the biggest posh subdivision in the country, has now the highest confirmed COVID 19 cases among the 16 villages in the city with 116 individuals infected, Sebastian reported.
There are 43 active cases, 64 patients recovered and nine fatalities as of Saturday, in the said barangay.
Officers of the BF Federation of Homeowners Associations Inc. (BFFHAI) headed by Arturo Astorga II recently confirmed that they allowed some 300 Chinese workers of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) to be tested for the COVID-19 inside the subdivision, without necessary permits from the authorities.
Concerned residents of the gated subdivision complained and asked Mayor Edwin Olivarez to punish the personalities who were involved in the illegal act as they might potentially be exposed to COVID-19.
Barangay Tambo, where several POGO offices are located, is now the second village with the highest infections, with 67confirmed coronavirus cases, the CESU reported. Entertainment City, also known as E-City, a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR, is located in the said barangay.
There were 33 active cases but with recoveries at 32 and two fatalities, in Barangay Tambo, as of Saturday, Sebastian said.
Cases in Barangay Sun Valley has tremendously increased in the past one week with 62 confirmed cases, the third highest reported in the city. Of these cases, a total 21 are active but it has 36 recoveries and five fatalities.
The COVID-19 confirmed cases in Barangay Baclaran are now only 95 with barely eight active cases. The city Health Office recorded 82 recoveries and with five deaths since March. On the other hand, the Health Office recorded 129 recoveries from the 147 confirmed cases in San Dionisio.
The city government placed several streets or sitios in the two barangays under a three-day calibrated lockdown after recording higher COVID-19 cases for the last two months.
Olivarez assured residents that the city government was doing its best to arrest the spread of the pandemic as the number of confirmed cases surpassed the 1,000-mark.
He explained that even the city had load that passed the 1,000 mark, they just have 252 or 24.6 percent active COVID-19 cases as per the record and validated by the Department of Health and CESU. This include the confirmed cases without complete address.
Olivarez said that as of June 27, a total of 715 or 69.8 percent people have recovered from the virus in a span of 72 hours, the highest among the cities in Metro Manila. He added that the city recorded 57 COVID-related deaths as of March.