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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, May 22, 2020
During her visual presser on May 21, Gov. Gwen Garcia shares the peaceful and orderly situation in the province she observed as she went around on May 20, the first day of the Province’s GCQ. (Junjie Mendoza)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia lauded the Cebuanos for the orderly implementation of the first day of the Province's General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

“Congratulations sa pinalangga natong Sugbuanon,” she expressed during her regular visual presser on Thursday, May 21 where she shares updates related to Covid-19 in Cebu.

On May 20, the day the Province shifted to GCQ, the governor met with the mayors of the 4th district in Medellin town to discuss the Executive Order No. 17 on GCQ guidelines. On her way, she observed that public transportation and establishments started to operate again peacefully.

“Gipanid-an nato ang dagan if ang malls grabi ba ang tawo, nalipay ko nga disiplina kaayo. Kudos to our mayors,” she said adding that the local chief executives were able to prepare for the shift as the start of GCQ for the Province was moved from its original schedule on May 16. 

After the mayors' meeting, Garcia went straight to southern Cebu to assess the situation and found it orderly as well, citing that social distancing was strictly observed. 

“Niadto sad ko sa south from north. Diin makita nga purya buyag bisan ang gagmay’g negosyo niabli na. Ang mga tawo di ingon nga nagpunsisok,” she said. 

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed Cebu Province under GCQ category easing strict rules implemented during the ECQ based on its statistical data of Covid-19 cases.

Because of this, some of the public transportation, malls and other establishments were allowed to operate subject to strict observance of the public health protocols.

Meanwhile, from May 18 to May 21, eight new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Province, including a one-month old baby from Argao, who was swabbed after experiencing fever and cough.

Of the eight, three were repeat tests for the asymptomatic jail guards of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

As of May 21, Cebu Province has a total of 76 Covid-19 cases.

Despite this, Garcia assured that the province's Covid-19 cases are still lower than other existing diseases such as dengue, hypertension, and pneumonia, among others.

She presented additional data to provide Cebuanos a better perspective on the coronavirus disease.

Based on available data, the governor shared that from January 1, 2020 to March 28, 2020, the top 10 causes of deaths in Central Visayas were hypertension with 4,307; followed by pneumonia with 3,297; bronchitis with 1,161; diseases of the skin with 1,177; renal diseases with 588; influenza with 333; acute watery diarrhea with 317; and tuberculosis with 159. Meanwhile, dengue had a total of 1,952 cases and recorded 12 deaths from January to May 2020.

In the 13 Covid-19 cases in the province who died, Garcia clarified that the coronavirus was not the actual cause of their deaths, but their pre-existing conditions. 

“Atong makita nga mao kini ang top causes of death. Ang Covid-19 wa pa gani maapil diri. Kinahanglan man gud ni nato tun-an, tan-awon facts and figures. Lisod man gud nang general statements nalang ta pirmi ba,” she stressed.

The governor further emphasized to look at the data and statistics to prevent unreasonable fear on the coronavirus.

“In the end, numero atong tan-awon because figures cannot lie. That’s scientific kay di mana mausab ang numero. Mao na ang atong tan-awon pila ba gyud ang namatay, unsa ba gyud ang leading causes sa death aron kita makatimbang-timbang kung angay ba ang atong tukmang kahadlok batok sa Covid-19,” she added. (Mylen Manto)