PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr., Provincial Health Officer I, warns Aklan residents not to be foolhardy in thinking the end of the pandemic is near just because cases have been abating./iNews
KALIBO, Aklan–Though yesterday’s headline of a steep drop in COVID cases in the province of Aklan may have elicited jubilance province-wide, the slowdown is not an indicator of the pandemic coming to an end.
This, according to Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr., who, in a radio interview, grimly stressed, “It is far from over.”
Coronavirus cases have dropped by as many as eight infections on average daily, or from 22 cases on average daily the previous week to a daily average of 14 in the week from September 21 to 27.
In the week ending September 27, 97 cases were reported; in the week ending September 20, 154 cases were logged.
“People in the province of Aklan need to maintain their vigilance and remain alert to keep the cases under control,” Cuachon advised, adding, “Continue observing the minimum protocols, and take the vaccine as soon as it is your turn.”
The province has 12,466 confirmed cases, including 175 active infections and 314 deaths, as of September 28.
Two towns—Libacao and Buruanga—have no active cases; Lezo and Nabas have two cases each and Ibajay has four.
The PHO-Aklan is also awaiting the results of the whole-genome sequencing of 83 specimens that were sent last September 3 to the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center.
The Department of Health has confirmed 28 cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant in the province. Of this number, Kalibo and Banga had five cases each. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)