The province of Laguna believes that their lockdown status of general community quarantine with heightened restrictions has greatly helped in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
“More than a month na kaming GCQ pero with heightened restrictions. Ok pa rin dahil as pagkaka-heigthened restrictions, utay-utay naman na nakikita natin na bumababa ang active cases. Maaaring nagiging effective itong pagbibigay ng GCQ with heightened restrictions,” said Rene Bagamasbad, Provincial Health Officer of Laguna.
In an interview with TeleRadyo, Bagamasbad said that the number of active cases in the province is already 3,161. Although there is the presence of earlier variants of COVID-19, such as the UK and South African variants, he said there is still no visible Delta variant, which is from India, in the province.
It is said that most of those who get sick only experience mild COVID-19.
“Ang naospital doon sa total na active cases, 17 percent lang ang nasa hospital. So lahat ay either nandoon sa quarantine facility or nandoon sa bahay nila, doon sila naka-quarantine o naka-isolate,” he said.
The Department of Health continues to monitor 10 areas in Laguna due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Intensified GCQ helps lower COVID-19 case in Laguna
According to the Department of Health, Laguna had the highest daily average of new cases from June 22 to 28. The Provincial Health Office focuses on the areas of Calamba City, San Pablo City, Sta. Rosa City, Cabuyao City, San Pedro City, Biñan, Los Baños, Bay, Sta. Cruz and Fang.
“Sila ‘yung magkakadikit na mga siyudad, sila ‘yung matataas, sila ‘yung marami ang populasyon, sila ang marami ang activity sa mga siyudad. Saka sila ‘yung malapit sa NCR,” he said.
It is said that some towns have recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the movement of the people.
“Ang nangyayari sa ibang bayan natin nagiging family cluster. Yung mga nagtatrabaho dyan sa mga first district pag umuwi slla may COVID na, nahahawa nila pamilya kaya minsan may isolated cases tayo ng mga municipalities na biglang tumataas ang kanilang mga kaso. May mga nagtatrabaho sa NCR o within the province,” he said.