ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - The Iloilo City government is reiterating its call to the public to strictly wear masks, get vaccinated and follow the minimum health protocols as the City Health Office reported an uptick in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19).
Data from the Iloilo City Health Office - Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed a total of 535 cases from July 1 to 11 as per report of the City Public Information Office.
On July 11, the city recorded a total of 85 cases, the highest since June this year. The daily average has been recorded at 45 in the first 10 days of this month.
There were 80 deaths from January to July 9, seven of which were directly caused by COVID-19, with six of them unvaccinated.
According to the PIO report, the City has a vaccination record of 130% with at least one dose, 127% fully vaccinated, and 39% first booster, as of July 10.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said the local government cannot afford to issue a lockdown order if cases continue to surge as the local economy will be greatly affected.
“We just have to live with the virus, and as we are still in the pandemic stage, I ask everyone to continue wearing masks, avoid eating together in enclosed spaces with no proper ventilation, and to get vaccinated or have a booster shot,” said Trenas in the PIO press report.
He ordered stricter enforcement of the ordinance on wearing of face masks in establishments, malls, barangays, schools, and public transport among others.
Public and private gatherings and activities are allowed, but eating together on such occasions are highly discouraged, and should be avoided as much as possible while cases are still high. (JBG/Iloilo City PIO/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)