COVID-19 pandemic in Western Visayas

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COVID-19 pandemic in Western Visayas
COVID-19 pandemic cases in Western Visayas.svg
Confirmed cases in Western Visayas by province (as of August 25) [note 1]
  500–999 confirmed
  100–499 confirmed
  50–99 confirmed
  10–49 confirmed
  1–9 confirmed
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Western Visayas
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case Bacolod
Arrival dateMarch 20, 2020
(1 year, 2 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed cases50,894
Recovered45,550
Deaths
1,067
Government website
ro6.doh.gov.ph

The COVID-19 pandemic in Western Visayas is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus reached Western Visayas on March 20, 2020, when the first case of the disease was confirmed in Bacolod. All provinces has at least one confirmed COVID-19 case.

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Background

Western Visayas confirmed its first case on March 20. The case was that of a 56-year-old man in Bacolod who has a history of travelling to the United Kingdom and Metro Manila. The man arrived in Negros Occidental on February 29 and has fully recovered by March 31. [1] The first recorded death in the region that of a 62-year-old female in Bacolod occurred on March 31. The following day, cases of local transmission was confirmed in Bacolod and the municipalities of Guimbal and Lambunao in Iloilo province. [2]

Guimaras became the last province to confirm its first case. The confirmation of the province's first case that of a male resident of Buenavista was announced on July 28. [3]

Timeline

Statistics

The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development has regularly issued bulletins on the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Region. Recently, it is already issued on a daily basis.

DateReferenceConfirmedRecoveryDeath
20-Mar-20CB No. 1100
21-Mar-20CB No. 2101
22-Mar-20No Report
23-Mar-20No Report
24-Mar-20CB No. 3200
25-Mar-20No Report
26-Mar-20No Report
27-Mar-20CB No. 4900
28-Mar-20CB No. 5300
29-Mar-20No Report
30-Mar-20CB No. 6211
31-Mar-20CB No. 7402
01-Apr-20CB No. 8300
02-Apr-20CB No. 9000
03-Apr-20CB No. 10510
04-Apr-20No Report
05-Apr-20CB No. 11400
06-Apr-20CB No. 12*211
07-Apr-20CB No. 13200
08-Apr-20CB No. 14001
09-Apr-20CB No. 15111
10-Apr-20CB No. 16020
11-Apr-20CB No. 17100
12-Apr-20CB No. 18010
13-Apr-20No Report
14-Apr-20CB No. 19000
15-Apr-20CB No. 20000
16-Apr-20CB No. 21200
17-Apr-20CB No. 22310
18-Apr-20CB No. 23300
19-Apr-20CB No. 24100
20-Apr-20CB No. 25300
21-Apr-20CB No. 26100
22-Apr-20CB No. 27231
23-Apr-20CB No. 28000
24-Apr-20CB No. 29330
25-Apr-20CB No. 300101
26-Apr-20CB No. 31400
27-Apr-20CB No. 32000
28-Apr-20CB No. 33100
29-Apr-20CB No. 34300
30-Apr-20CB No. 35030
01-May-20CB No. 36000
02-May-20CB No. 37600
03-May-20CB No. 38000
04-May-20CB No. 39021
05-May-20CB No. 40820
06-May-20CB No. 411100
07-May-20CB No. 42130
08-May-20CB No. 43020
09-May-20CB No. 44020
10-May-20CB No. 45100
11-May-20CB No. 46400
12-May-20CB No. 47010
13-May-20CB No. 48230
14-May-20CB No. 492120
15-May-20CB No. 50170
16-May-20CB No. 51030
17-May-20CB No. 52* updated200
18-May-20CB No. 53000
19-May-20CB No. 54020
20-May-20CB No. 55140
21-May-20CB No. 56030
22-May-20CB No. 57200
23-May-20CB No. 58000
24-May-20CB No. 59010
25-May-20CB No. 60100
26-May-20CB No. 61120
27-May-20CB No. 62020
28-May-20CB No. 63200
29-May-20CB No. 64230
30-May-20CB No. 65000
31-May-20CB No. 66000
01-Jun-20CB No. 67100
02-Jun-20CB No. 68130
03-Jun-20CB No. 69200
04-Jun-20CB No. 70400
05-Jun-20CB No. 71040
06-Jun-20CB No. 72201
07-Jun-20CB No. 73200
08-Jun-20CB No. 74000
09-Jun-20CB No. 75200
10-Jun-20CB No. 76360
11-Jun-20CB No. 77620
12-Jun-20CB No. 78140
13-Jun-20CB No. 79300
14-Jun-20CB No. 80600
15-Jun-20CB No. 81110
16-Jun-20CB No. 82620
17-Jun-20CB No. 83300
18-Jun-20CB No. 84830
19-Jun-20CB No. 85030
20-Jun-20CB No. 861300
21-Jun-20CB No. 87510
22-Jun-20CB No. 881540
23-Jun-20CB No. 89640
24-Jun-20CB No. 902530
25-Jun-20CB No. 911220
26-Jun-20CB No. 92600
27-Jun-20CB No. 93200
28-Jun-20CB No. 942620
29-Jun-20CB No. 953310
30-Jun-20CB No. 961760
01-Jul-20CB No. 97870
02-Jul-20CB No. 982190
03-Jul-20CB No. 991200
04-Jul-20CB No. 1001620
05-Jul-20CB No. 101800
06-Jul-20CB No. 102020
07-Jul-20CB No. 103600
08-Jul-20CB No. 1041710
09-Jul-20CB No. 1051560
10-Jul-20CB No. 10628100
11-Jul-20CB No. 107690
12-Jul-20CB No. 1089100
13-Jul-20CB No. 10941120
14-Jul-20CB No. 11019340
15-Jul-20CB No. 11177221
16-Jul-20CB No. 11212360
17-Jul-20CB No. 11317630
18-Jul-20CB No. 11421340
19-Jul-20CB No. 11526342
20-Jul-20CB No. 11634581
21-Jul-20CB No. 11713351
22-Jul-20CB No. 11847130
23-Jul-20CB No. 11937270
24-Jul-20CB No. 12066240
25-Jul-20CB No. 12176260

COVID-19 cases Region-6 as of April 24: [4]

Response

Local government

Aklan

On March 22, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores signed Executive Order No. 020, that took effect until May 14, 2020. [5]

An Order Placing the Entire Province of Aklan Under Enhanced Community Quarantine to Protect the People Against the 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)

No. 020 of 2020

Bacolod

On March 12, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an executive order suspending all classes in the city until March 20 for public schools and March 27 for private schools. He also suspended the graduation and moving-up ceremonies for all schools, officially reducing the duration of the academic year. [6] On March 16, Leonardia placed the city under a general community quarantine, restricting land, sea, and air passenger travel into the city. [7] On March 20, Leonardia requested to the DOH to assemble a COVID-19 testing center in Bacolod to expedite the testing process for the city's suspected cases. [8] On March 26, Leonardia announced that the DOH had sent around 5,000 test kits to the city government that would accommodate between 50,000 and 100,000 specimens. [9]

Iloilo

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. placed the province under a general community quarantine on March 15, through Executive Order No. 028-C. Under the order, visitors (except for government officials and employees and health/humanitarian workers) are barred from entering the province and classes at all levels are suspended until April 14. [10]

Iloilo City

As early as January, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas called on Cebu Pacific to suspend its flights from the Iloilo International Airport to Hong Kong and Singapore as preventive measures following reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases there. Cebu Pacific suspended its Iloilo–Hong Kong flights on February 4, but continued its Iloilo–Singapore flights. [11]

Mayor Treñas placed Iloilo City under an enhanced community quarantine on March 20 as a preventive measure. The city confirmed its first case of COVID-19 the following day. The Iloilo City government converted the Iloilo City Community College into a temporary dorm for the city's front line workers, particularly medical staff, and provided shuttle services for them between the dorm and the medical facilities. The city government raised around ₱1.5 million for the procurement and production of personal protective equipment for the city's front liners. It also established 240 soup kitchens around the city to provide meals for the city's impoverished families, as well as a dedicated kitchen for around 1,700 front liners. On April 2, Treñas issued Executive Order No. 60-2020, ordering the general public to wear face masks. [12]

The Iloilo City government allocated ₱291 million ($6 million) for the purchase of basic essentials that would be distributed to about 70,000 households daily. [13]

Negros Occidental

On March 28, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued Executive Order No. 20-20, declaring the province under an enhanced community quarantine. Lacson suspended all public transportation and limiting the access of its provincial borders to cargo transportation only. [14]

Notes

  1. Breakdown of confirmed cases is according to the COVID-19 Case Tracker of the Department of Health.

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