Pressure is on in Aklan to stop ‘all-time high’ COVID-19 surge

KALIBO, Aklan–The Aklan LGU is considering even tougher health measures even as local officials are taking every step to contain the uptick of coronavirus cases in the province.

To date, Aklan has more than 7,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 147 fatalities since the pandemic began.

The active cases stand at 1,369 as of July 24, with the province averaging 135 cases per day over the past week.

The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospitals is now at 103, with the vast majority senior citizens, and hospitals are saying they are registering ‘all-time high’ admissions.

Kalibo and Banga are currently coronavirus hot spots in the province with 436 active cases as of July 24.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores has urged the public to do their part in the fight against the alarming spike in cases.

He reminded the public to take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from the coronavirus, reiterating how everyone should act responsibly in the fight against COVID-19.

In an advisory on Saturday, July 24, the governor directed the mandatory use of face shields aside on top of face masks in public.

Miraflores also announced plans to curb non-essential travel in an effort to limit the movement of residents. Older people, pregnant women, those 18 years old and below, and people with comorbidities are encouraged to stay at home except when absolutely necessary.

Salons and barbershops are still prohibited to operate in general community quarantine with heightened restrictions, while outdoor dining in restaurants is allowed up to 50 percent capacity.

All unnecessary public gatherings are banned; funerals, wakes, and inurnments are limited to immediate family members. Religious gatherings are allowed up to 30 percent capacity of the venue.

Miraflores said LGUs should also stepped up measures to enhance the PDITR strategy—prevent, detect, isolate, treatment, and reintegrate—to curb the COVID-19 surge. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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