BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy of the Emergency Operations Center, said the Covid-19 situation in Bacolod City remains to be stable, with a recovery rate at 94.24 percent, as of yesterday.
EOC records showed that Bacolod logged 16,276 total confirmed cases since the pandemic started last year, with 15,339 recoveries, and 402 deaths, or 2.47 percent of the total number of infections.
It added that the positivity rate in Bacolod was 18.18 percent, as of yesterday, and current average case per month stood at 36.37 percent.
Sorongon said that based on statistics, the interaction of various variants of Covid occurred between June and July, when average cases per month were 119.53 and 72.87 percent, respectively. He said the detection of the variants was only known recently because there was a delay in the release of the results from the Philippine Genome Center.
Sorongon noted that, recently, there has been a dwindling number of vaccine utilization in Bacolod because most of the people tend to be choosy with the brand they want to be inoculated with.
Of the 402 deaths recorded in Bacolod due to Covid, 398 were not vaccinated and only got their first dose.
“This only goes to show that vaccines are effective regardless of the brand as it will reduce the tendency of hospitalization or even death when infected by the virus,” Sorongon said, adding that Bacolod is privileged to have Western brands of vaccines but this should not limit the people to avail of whatever available jabs there are.
He said Bacolod has a lot of asymptomatic individuals and those who continue to refuse vaccination because they are choosy about the vaccine brand, and are putting themselves and others at risk for infection.*