BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
An additional 150 new COVID-19 cases have been reported yesterday by the Department of Health regional office in Western Visayas, including the 14 in Bacolod City and seven in Negros Occidental.
The highly-urbanized city of Iloilo has 56 new cases, increasing its total number of infected persons to 617 and 55 new cases for Iloilo province brings to 549 its total number of infected individuals.
Both areas are being closely monitored by the Provincial Health Office of Negros Occidental due to surges in COVID-19 cases.
Total active cases in Western Visayas were reported by DOH at 1,673, as July 10.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang earlier said the surging COVID-19 cases in Iloilo may prompt them to initiate some precautionary measures to prevent its spread to Negros Occidental.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has called on local government units to support his administration’s COVID-19 booster shot drive so that face-to-face classes could resume and the country reopen the economy.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that the province “would like to go back to normal.”
“At the end of the road, we would like to go back to normal and making the use of facemask optional is a step to that direction,” Lacson, who reminded local officials to push their respective vaccination drives, especially among poor performers, said.*