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Cebu Covid-19 updates as of mid-June 2021

Cebu is one of the areas in the country with the highest cases of Covid-19. Here are the latest Cebu Covid-19 updates as of mid-June 2021.

Cebu island and neighboring islands
Source: MSN

Cebu is one of the areas in the country with the highest cases of Covid-19. It has undergone a lot of government-mandated adjustments in its effort to ‘flatten the curve’. Here are the latest updates in Cebu.

Cebu policies on Covid-19 are science-based, says official

A high-ranking government source interviewed by Sunstar, who requested to keep his identity hidden, asserted that the policies Cebu implemented are on-the-ground data. This assertion is a response to the criticism of Cebu policies being different from those of the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

In the interview, he outlined the differences between the health and safety policies of Cebu government and the IATF:

  • on conducting contact tracing only in symptomatic first-generation individuals; Cebu tests all, asymptomatic or not
  • on the isolation of confirmed positive patients; Cebu extracts all confirmed Covid-19 positive individuals in a proper facility with trained healthcare professionals
  • on swab-upon-arrival policy

He further insisted that these policies served Cebuanos well and are responsible for Cebu staying under modified general community quarantine for the last ten months.

49 Covid-positive workers confirmed from a construction site

An antigen test yielded 49 positive cases in a construction site in IT Park, Apas. All 49 of them are construction workers living in a single bunkhouse.

This is the first time Cebu City has logged a huge cluster of infections in many months. The infected individuals are extracted from the construction site and taken to isolation centers.

IATF ‘concerned’ on Cebu’s quarantine methods, urges the province to follow national protocols

Source: Manila Bulletin

Cebu’s response towards Covid-19 has been generating criticism both online and from several government agencies. The IATF recommends Cebu to abide by the national protocols set by the them. Medical experts are said to be concerned with Cebu’s quarantine methods, but not the same can be said about their testing and swabbing policies.

Last March, the province implemented the Swab-Upon-Arrival policy which deviated from the whole-of-nation swabbing policy mandated by the IATF that requires ROFs and OFWs to completed the required 14-day quarantine rule regardless of the test results. Under the Swab-Upon-Arrival policy, passengers can proceed to their destination after testing negative after two to three days.

Cebu province continues to defy the IATF rules on testing and quarantine protocols for passengers arriving from abroad, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s direct order to comply.

Harry Roque Jr. stated that the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will work together in making sure strict adherence to the national government guidelines is observed.

Passengers from Bohol and Negros to Cebu to show negative test results

Under the Executive Order No. 22 issued by Governor Gwen Garcia, inbound passengers from Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Bohol will now be required to present either a negative swab test result 72 hours before the trip or a negative rapid antigen test result 48 hours before the trip. This is after months of relatively lax protocols for domestic travel within the province. The rising positive cases from the neighboring islands were weighed in in the drafting of the EO, which will be in effect from June 14 to July 24 unless further extended.