Treñas seriously mulling request for higher GCQ status amid surge in COVID-19 cases

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas thinks elevating the quarantine status of the metropolis would work well against the present surge in COVID-19 cases and curtail transmission of the virus./iNEWS (Photo: Arnold Almacen/CMO)

ILOILO CITY–Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas is seriously mulling the possibility of requesting the national Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to escalate the city’s quarantine status from its present Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to something higher like General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

This, according to the city chief executive, in order to address the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city amid the growing dearth of hospital beds and spaces in city-owned quarantine facilities for COVID-positive patients.

“We are considering requesting the IATF for a higher quarantine status like GCQ. Cases continue to rise and our healthcare facilities are almost overwhelmed,” Treñas averred.

In the latest data of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) on May 15, the city recorded 48 new cases of COVID-19 on top of another fatality from the virus.

But data from the Department of Health’s Center for Health Development in Western Visayas presents a bleaker picture for the city with 69 new cases yesterday, although with no deaths.

5,800 MORE DOSES

Now, for the good news: the national government has allocated 5,800 doses of Pfizer-made vaccines to Iloilo City to help in its continued vaccination of city residents.

According to Treñas, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez recently informed him that Iloilo City will be a recipient of an initial 5,800 doses of the said vaccines, for which he is very much thankful.

He said the city will have a dry-run of the impending roll-out and if the city performs well without wastage, the national government will send additional doses of the Pfizer, Sputnik, and Moderna vaccine varieties to the city.

Meanwhile, Treñas is calling on all hospitals in the city of Iloilo, both public and private, to assign additional beds for COVID-19 patients in anticipation of a surge in cases in the coming days. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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