January 31, 2023

The worst may not be over.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong reminded the public to not be complacent with health protocols despite the downtrend in Covid-19 cases recorded in the recent weeks.
He said while Baguio City and the country were able to tame the Covid-19 Omicron local transmission, medical journals predict the next barrier may be more deadly and more contagious.
“There is still a huge threat and this means we cannot be complacent,” Magalong said.
City Services Officer Rowena Galpo said Baguio City listed 41,242 Covid-19 cases as of Feb. 17 with 96.94 percent recovery rate equivalent to 39,979.
There are 811 individuals, mostly with comorbidities, who died due to the virus that causes the infection.
Baguio has a total of 503 variants of concern cases as of Feb. 12 after the Philippine Genome Center reported 31 additional Omicron cases on Feb. 11 and 36 on Feb. 12 were traced to the city.
Of the variants of concern, 117 are Alpha, 52 Beta, 222 Delta, and 112 Omicron.
While the Omicron surge was controlled in 28 days, the average daily attack rate is still high at 28 percent, which is beyond the seven cases per 100,000 individual’s threshold the government has set for high-risk classification.
“Our goal is to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases daily to single digit with sustained implementation of minimum public health standards,” Magalong said. – Jessa P. Samidan