BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental yesterday said that the slight increase of active COVID-19 cases in the province could be attributed to the highly-infectious Delta variant.
Lacson described the trend of Covid 19 infectios in Negros Occidental as a “roller coaster” ride where in it stood at 923 cases as in Septbember 2 from 640 in the previous weeks.
“But let us not so much concern what kind of variant is, we should concern that the virus is still here in the country, and the whole word,” he said.
The Department of Health detected 15 cases of Delta variant in Negros Occidental and 10 of which is in Bacolod City that recorded one fatality, although majority of these infected individuals have already recovered.
Lacson stressed that self-discipline remains the key to combat the spread of the virus, as the provincial government also braces for the arrival of about 4,000 migratory workers from neighboring provinces, with the start of the milling season.
He added that they already monitored the arrival of 33 migrant workers recently to work in various sugarcane plantations.
The governor reiterated that the mandated health protocols has to be strictly followed, where migratory workers have not been spared in the conduct of RT-PCR testing. At the same time, Lacson acknowledged the contribution of migratory workers’ employers who also financed their swab testing, he said.*