December 9, 2022

October is Baguio City’s new deadliest month of the pandemic after posting the highest monthly Covid-19 death toll with 171 deaths at the height of the Delta variant contagion.

The city’s previous highest monthly total was 136 deaths posted in September.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said the October figure comprised 25.7 percent of the city’s total mortality of 665 as of Nov. 1.

The number included 17 fatalities that occurred in previous months but reported only last month as the city continued to validate and update its records.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the death rate considerably slowed down in the past week.

Based on the data from the University of the Philippines Baguio Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Baguio City Health Services Office, most of those who died were senior citizens and persons with comorbidities.

Majority were unvaccinated while the small number who died even with full vaccine coverage belonged to the vulnerable group who were either senior citizens or persons with underlying medical conditions.

The city’s total mortality record per month is as follows: 2020, March – one; April – zero; May – zero; June – one; July – one; August – six; September – two; October – 16; November – 13; and December – 26; and

2021, January – 27; February – 12; March – 23; April – 85; May – 53; June – 17; July – 26; August – 37; September – 136; and October – 171. – Aileen P. Refuerzo