Baguio City recorded a low number of new COVID-19 cases days after the end of the celebration of Panagbenga 2022. This is according to the reported data gathered from March 28, 2022, to April 5, 2022.
Data shows that on March 28, 2022, there were 7 new cases recorded. This brought the total number of cases to 16 on the said date. The following days brought more optimism as the city as one case a day was recorded specifically on March 30, 31, and April 4, 2022. While on March 29, April 1, 2, 3, and 5, 2022, zero cases were recorded.
There were also zero deaths recorded from March 28 until April 5, 2022. As of April 5, 2022, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Baguio City is 6.
Combining best practices
The low number of cases can be attributed to the continuing vaccination efforts of the local government of Baguio. In addition, the residents’ cooperation in following the minimum public health standards such as observance of physical distancing and wearing of facemasks contributed to the low number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Baguio City. The City Government of Baguio is also is strictly implementing its guidelines for the entry of tourists into the City.
No time to be complacent
The low number of cases in Baguio City is truly a piece of positive news, however, it is not the time to be complacent. A new variant has been discovered that is responsible for the increase in the number of cases particularly in Europe in addition to the BA.2 variant. Dubbed as the Omicron XE, it is said to be a recombinant virus, a combination between the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2. The Omicron XE is said to be 10% more transmissible than the BA.2 variant and 43% more transmissible than the BA.1 variant. Existing jabs are effective against the recombinant virus, offering about 30-40% protection and more than 80% protection against severe COVID-19. The protection level is increased if the individual has already taken a booster shot. This is according to Dr. Edsel Salvana of the Department of Health – Technical Advisory Group.