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Cebu Covid-19 updates as of mid-July 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-July 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 City’s latest vaccination milestone

The total administered doses of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine in Cebu City is 123, 851. This is according to the data gathered by the Cebu City Vaccination Operations Center (VOC) from March 24, 2021 to July 12, 2021.

The city continues its efforts to have its residents vaccinated. It has six vaccination sites located in:

  • University of Cebu Senior High School Department in Barangay Banilad,
  • University of Cebu Senior High School Campus at J. Alcantara St.,
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • SM Seaside City Cebu
  • NOAH Complex
  • Ayala Center Cebu

Third wave of coronavirus washes over Central Visayas

In July 11, the Department of Health – Central Visayas (DOH-7) declared Region VII to be in the middle of a third epidemiological wave of Covid-19 after four weeks of monitoring. This announcement was supported by the data collected by the OCTA Research group on July 15.

OCTA reported a rise in the reproduction rates of infection in the cities of Lapu-lapu and Cebu, which are 1.37 and 1.80. This is considered by the group as “very high”.

Councilor Joel Garganera also revealed their data on the increase of positivity rate and COVID Care Occupancy (COR) rate in hospitals: 6 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

The major trends and causes identified by the DOH and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are:

  • public gatherings
  • leniency in following standard health protocols
  • complacency of vaccinated individuals
  • inequitable and uneven distribution of vaccines’
  • inbound travelers from neighboring local government units (LGUs)
  • public transportation

The variants detected in the region are the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant, the Beta (B.1351) variant, and the Theta (P.3) variant.

Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology VS antigen test

Antibody testing or antigen test evaluates the level of protection against COVID-19 of an individual who has been vaccinated.

The accuracy and the necessity for this test are strongly contested in a position paper posted on Facebook by the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology who does not recommend it. According to the group, the current antibody tests are yet to undergo validation and evaluation. They added,

“Inaccurately interpreted antibody test results after COVID-19 vaccination may create a false sense of protection, making people more complacent with lesser observation of health care protocols.”

The antibody tests can be qualitative or quantitative, and this is not a helpful assessment on a person’s level of protection after COVID-19 vaccination. The group is instead urging the public to get vaccinated and keep practicing health protocols which, they said, remain to be the best course of action.

More vaccines in Central Visayas

Reports from March 4, 2021 to July 13, 2021 of vaccinees in Central Visays experiencing adverse events following immunization (AEFI) show 2,813 for the Sinovac vaccine, 2,186 for Astra Zeneca, 364 for Pfizer BioNtech, and zero for Gamaleya.

2,850 doses of the Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Central Visayas on July 13, while one million Sinovac vaccines arrived on Jul 14 and 1.5 million more are expected to come on Saturday, July 17.

A total of 203,833 doses of Johnson & Johnson will be allocated for Metro Cebu and Cebu province.