Zamboanga City flattens COVID-19 curve

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ZAMBOANGA CITY–With the decreasing trend in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections and hospitalization rate, the City Health Office (CHO) chief here said they have already “flattened the curve”.

In a virtual presser Monday evening, Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite said that “flattening the curve” means that the peak number of people sick with Covid-19 in this city no longer exceeds what the local healthcare system can handle.

“Actually, we have flattened the curve. We have decreased the number of patients with severe manifestation and needing hospitalization, therefore restraining our health system,” Miravite said.

She said the city currently has 63 patients admitted to the Zamboanga City Medical Center, 12 in private hospitals, and 48 in the city government isolation facilities.

Two of the city government-owned isolation facilities, she said, are “already vacant”.

“That’s a very good sign, that our cases are decreasing. Hopefully, with the cooperation of everyone, we can still lessen further the cases of Covid-19 and can prevent the entry of the new variants in the city,” she said.

As of Monday, CHO said the city posted a 94 percent recovery rate, following the recovery of 3,980 patients out of the 4,232 total confirmed cases since last year. The number of deaths stood at 189 in the same period.

Meanwhile, Miravite said that 3,637 front-line medical workers and 34 health personnel assigned in isolation and quarantine facilities have been inoculated as of Monday.

This city has received 2,487 vials of Sinovac and 414 vials of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Department of Health. (PNA)