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UP Report: Downtrend in COVID-19 cases in Cebu, Mandaue indicate ‘flattening of curve’ but…

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) have downgraded the risk level of Cebu City and Mandaue City to "medium-risk" after noting a downtrend in the

5/29/2020 12:44:00 PM

ICYMI: CDNTopStories: Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) have downgraded the risk level of Cebu City and Mandaue City to “medium-risk” after noting a downtrend in the number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases from both ...

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) have downgraded the risk level of Cebu City and Mandaue City to "medium-risk" after noting a downtrend in the

, was still classified as a high-risk area due to the continuous rise of Covid-19 cases.However, in the latest forecast, researchers noted a downtrend in the province’s capital and its neighboring city could indicate a “flattening of the curve.” As a result, they reclassified Cebu City as a “medium-risk” area.

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“Cebu City and Mandaue City both had two successive weeks of declining new cases ofCovid-19.However, both of them also had more than one new Covid-19 case per day per million,” they said.“Both of them are currently classified as Medium Risk because the weekly R (reproduction number) for Cebu City is 0.36 and for Mandaue City is 0.55, both less than one,” they added.

READ MORECebu City, NCR must ‘continue significant restrictions’- expertsThe report also suggested that the continuing downtrend in the number of new Covid-19 cases in both cities should be sustained, and that managing the pandemic should be handled “as one.”

“While the reproduction number R for Cebu City and Mandaue City have decreased below 1, indicating flattening of the curve, this has to be sustained. The patterns reveal that both cities essentially are a single metropolitan area and should be managed as one in Covid-19 mitigation,” it stated.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) in a resolution dated May 27 recommended Cebu City to be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), and GCQ for Mandaue City from June 1 to June 15.

However, Mayor Edgardo Labella on May 28 has sent a formal request before the task force for the city to be under GCQ instead.READ MORELabella appeals to IATF to place Cebu City under GCQLabella has cited the downtrend in the city’s number of new coronavirus cases as one of the reasons why they have to ease quarantine restrictions.

As of May 28, Cebu City has a total of 2,055 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 471 recoveries and 25 deaths. Mandaue City, on the other hand, has 238 documented coronavirus patients with 12 recoveries and four deaths./ bmjoRead NextLight, tectonic earthquake rocks NegOr

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