BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental yesterday received an additional 108,450 doses of AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Pfizer vaccine from the Department of Health.
The vaccines were delivered by a Philippine Air Lines cargo flight.
Of the delivered vaccines, a total of 62,200 doses have been earmarked for the provincial government of Negros Occidental and 46,250 doses for highly-urbanized Bacolod City.
The vaccines received by the province composed of 40,000 doses of Sinovac, 17,550 doses of Pfizer and 4,700 doses of AstraZeneca, while Bacolod City got 30,600 doses of AstraZeneca, Sinovac- 9.800 doses and 5,850 doses of Pfizer.
The Department of Health Western Visayas –Center for Health and Development yesterday logged 236 more COVID-19 active cases in Negros Occidental, and 164 more cases and one death in Bacolod City.
It reported that Negros Occidental has now 3,143 active cases, on top of 1,835 cases in Bacolod City.
This also developed as more in Negros Occidental ordered the implementation of more stringent measures against the spread of the virus in cities of Bago and Cadiz.
Mayor Nicholas Yulo issued an executive order requiring Bago City Hall employees to report to the City Health Office if they are experiencing fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat and runny nose, diarrhea. Conjunctivitis, headaches, loss of taste or smell, rash skin, or discoloration of fingers and toes, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain of press pressure.
Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. also issued an executive order providing for additional health and safety standards and precautions, in the implementation of General Community Quarantine in Cadiz City, including temporarily restricting events and celebrations that attract mass gatherings, with the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitals reaching full capacity.
Birthday or debut celebrations, wedding and death anniversaries, as well as other analogous shall be temporarily prohibited until further notice.
Weddings, baptismal, necrological and burial services must still comply with the existing pre-approval procedure and must limit to the members of the events must be limit to immediate family members, but not exceeding 15 persons, Escalante, in his issued executive order, said.*