BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Covid-19 recovery rate in Bacolod City hit 90.11 percent, as of Saturday, its Emergency Operations Center records show.
Of the 15,324 confirmed cases logged in Bacolod, 13,870 have recuperated and 363 have died since the pandemic started.
The vaccination rollout in Bacolod also gained ground with the arrival of 25,000 doses of Sinovac and 3,510 doses of Pfizer vaccines Saturday.
This brought to 193,850 the total number of vaccine doses received by Bacolod from the national government, the EOC said.
It added that AstraZeneca initially delivered 18,700 doses out of the 650,000 doses procured by the city using local funds.
SWEEPER FLIGHTS CONTINUE
Councilor Israel Salanga, meanwhile, said that regardless of the quarantine status of the National Capital Region next week, sweeper flights for returning locally-stranded individuals, who have completed their 10-day mandatory quarantine in Manila or Cebu, will continue.
He said that those who are travelling back to Bacolod should attach to their S-PaSS the negative result of their Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction test taken 72 hours before their arrival to Bacolod.
Upon arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, their family may pick them up and they can continue their quarantine at home.
As for returning Filipinos from abroad, they need to wait as there are no scheduled flights yet, Salanga added.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued Executive Order No. 42, series of 2021, extending the General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restrictions (GCQ-HR) in Bacolod City from August 1 to August 15, pursuant to the decision of the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and amending Section 2 of EO 39-A, series of 2021, on travel protocols between Panay Island and Bacolod.
The EO, dated July 31, said leisure travel between Panay Island and Bacolod City shall not be allowed.
“Movement of all types of goods and cargoes, including a maximum of five personnel, and delivery vehicles, when transporting goods and cargoes between Panay Island and Bacolod City, shall be unhampered,” it added.
Travelers from Panay Island, including Authorized Persons Outside their Residences, may be allowed entry to Bacolod subject to presentation of a negative RT-PCR test result that must be obtained 72 hours before arrival in Bacolod, online BaCTrac registration, online health declaration, S-Pass travel coordination permit, and valid personal ID.
All other provisions of EO-39, EO 39-A, and EO 41, that provided for the minimum health protocols and other regulations to govern during the GCQ-HR, that initially started July 22 until July 31 in Bacolod, will continue to remain in full force and effect, Leonardia added.*