Baguio logs high COVID-19 recovery rate despite surge
Baguio continues to record a big number of recoveries despite the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Consolidation of daily statistics released by the city government showed that from Jan. 17 to 23, a total of 3,004 recoveries were logged along with 3,568 new cases.
There were also 22 deaths reported.
Data from the City Vaccination Operations Center showed that as of Jan. 20, 268,972 or 95.71 percent of the 281,000 target eligible adult population have been fully vaccinated. A total of 67,521 have also received booster shots.
There were also 30,499 minors aged 12 to 17 years old who have received the full dose of vaccines.
The city began to experience a surge in Covid-19 cases in the first week of January from only two-digit active cases before the end of 2021.
However, Public Information Office head Aileen Refuerzo said the city has a high recovery rate since majority of the patients either have mild infection or are asymptomatic.
She said there is fast transmission of the Omicron variant, most of the patients recover without the need for hospitalization or confinement in an isolation facility.
“Vaccines did not promise to make us Covid-free but it assured it will help prevent severe infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. This is why we will continue convincing people who have not been vaccinated to receive the vaccine. The best way to avoid hospitalization and death is to get that jab,” Refuerzo said.
“There is less hospitalization and less demand for oxygen and medicines than when the city experienced a surge due to the Delta variant,” Refuerzo said, adding “Based on empirical data, we can say that vaccines work,”
The city exceeded its self-imposed immunization target of 95 percent of the eligible adult population on Jan. 15. – PNA