PHOTO CAPTION: With the province having just breached the 10,000 COVID cases mark, Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores (right) warns the public against being complacent or else see the figures rise even more dramatically in the coming weeks./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–There seems to be no end in sight to this pandemic. Case in point: the province of Aklan has crossed the 10,000-mark in COVID-19 cases.
Aklan hit a cumulative total of 10,067 known cases and a death toll of 242 on Tuesday, August 11, 2021. The province also had a seven-day daily average of 155 cases and a positivity rate of 44 percent.
As this developed, Governor Florencio Miraflores warned that the numbers could rise dramatically in the next few weeks if the majority of the people continue to ignore the restrictions.
It wasn’t the first time Miraflores had brought up public complacency amid the surging COVID-19 cases.
“The virus surge since April has overwhelmed the hospitals and strained the tourism and economy of the province. People have to comply with the protocols to keep the pandemic at bay,” he stressed.
Cases have been climbing in Kalibo, Banga, Numancia, Ibajay, and Makato in recent weeks.
The 272 cases in the capital town of Kalibo alone account for around 25 percent of the new infections from August 5 to August 11.
Numancia logged 152 new cases while 89 cases were reported in Ibajay. There were also 77 new cases in Makato and 70 in Banga.
The provincial government of Aklan has imposed shortened business hours from 6 am to 4 pm except for pharmacies, drugstores, hospitals, and emergency health services.
The towns of Banga, Tangalan, and Ibajay have also resorted to weekend restrictions or “No Sunday Movement” to limit people’s mobility as much as possible.
Extended curfew hours are in effect province-wide from 8 pm to 5 am the next day.
Operations of parlors, beauty clinics, salons, cockpits, bars, and amusement rides continue to be prohibited, while only up to 30 percent of the capacity may attend worship services under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)