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Lapu CSWO head admits COVID-19 infection, appeals for understanding

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Annabeth Cuizon, the acting head of the City Social Welfare Office (CSWO) in Lapu-Lapu City, went out on social media this morning, April 25, 2020, to admit that she was among the City Hall employees who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cuizon said she was forced to come […] The post Lapu CSWO head admits COVID-19 infection, appeals for understanding appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 25th, 2020

Chan sees big challenge in establishing COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan admits that one of the city’s biggest challenges in procuring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine would be the storage facility that would maintain the efficacy of the medicine. Chan said that an acceptable storage facility is of utmost importance since some vaccines need to […] The post Chan sees big challenge in establishing COVID-19 vaccine storage facility appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

Gullas admits to being a ‘close contact’ of COVID-positive individual

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas is asking asking his constituents to remain vigilant and to always wear their face masks. In a Facebook post this Monday morning, January 11, 2021, Gullas said that the use of a face mask saved him from the infection. He admitted that he became a […] The post Gullas admits to being a ‘close contact’ of COVID-positive individual appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Lapu-Lapu gov’t monitors 16 travellers from countries with cases of new COVID strain

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines —The Lapu-Lapu City government is monitoring 16 additional travellers from countries with confirmed cases of the new variant of Sars-coV-2. Sars-coV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), said that these travelers had arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport on January 5, […] The post Lapu-Lapu gov’t monitors 16 travellers from countries with cases of new COVID strain appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2021

Lapu-Lapu has 51 active COVID-19 cases

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City now has 51 active cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of January 9, 2021. Based on the data prepared by Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), that of the number of active cases, six were admitted at the hospital, while the rest […] The post Lapu-Lapu has 51 active COVID-19 cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2021

New Year’s day beachgoers crowd Lapu public beaches, ignore health protocols

Beachgoers crowd this public beach in Barangay Maribago in Lapu-Lapu City totally ignoring standard health protocols. | Photo Courtesy of Nagiel Banacia, CDRRMO head LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is reminding the public once again that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still in our midst […] The post New Year’s day beachgoers crowd Lapu public beaches, ignore health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2021

Lapu’s active cases of COVID-19 rise from 22 to 28

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Active cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lapu-Lapu City has increased from 22 to 28, with the addition of six new cases yesterday, December 30, 2020, the city’s top health official said. Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, disclosed in her report that from December […] The post Lapu’s active cases of COVID-19 rise from 22 to 28 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Lapu’s active COVID-19 cases now down to 23

Mactan Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City. CDN Digital photo | Brian J. Ochoa LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – It’s now down to only 23 remaining active cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lapu-Lapu City with 20 barangays considered free from the virus. Based on the data prepared by Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology […] The post Lapu’s active COVID-19 cases now down to 23 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu only has 38 active COVID cases

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City government now only has 38 active cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On the report prepared by Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), said that as of December 13, 2020, 27 of the 38 active cases were in isolation while 11 were […] The post Lapu-Lapu only has 38 active COVID cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Lapu health department reports just eight new cases in past week

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department here reported only eight new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the past seven days. Based on the data prepared by Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, from November 29 to December 5, 2020, they only recorded eight new cases of the […] The post Lapu health department reports just eight new cases in past week appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2020

Lapu health officials expect rise in COVID-19 cases

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department is expecting a spike of new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city. Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said on Thursday, November 19, 2020, that the reason behind the expected rise in new cases is […] The post Lapu health officials expect rise in COVID-19 cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Lapu logs 33 positives from barangay swab testing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has recorded 33 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the mass swab testing that they conducted on the 11 barangays with the most number of infections. According to Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, that of these number, 15 were from Barangay […] The post Lapu logs 33 positives from barangay swab testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has started conducting mass testing to the top 12 barangays in the city with the most number of cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said that the barangays with the most number of cases of […] The post Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

No new COVID case in 13 Lapu barangays for the past week

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Thirteen barangays here have not logged any new case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the past week. This was revealed by Nagiel Bañacia, head of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) in Lapu-Lapu City. Bañacia said that these barangays are Pusok, Maribago, Suba-basbas, Caubian, Caohagan, Pangan-an, Tingo, Baring, Caw-oy, Talima, […] The post No new COVID case in 13 Lapu barangays for the past week appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Mayor Isko: Avoid religious processions in the meantime

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday asked Catholics to avoid holding religious processions in the city while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is still a threat. A devotee himself, Domagoso said he is “saddened” that the Filipino tradition will be set aside because of the pandemic, however, “we need understanding.” “For the meantime, nakikisuyo po ako, wala pong mga para-parada, wala pong prusi-prusisyon, dahil mahirap pigilan ang tao. At ang tao naman mapapahamak, malalagay sa alanganin (For the meantime, I’m asking you not to hold processions because it’s hard to control the people. And they might be at risk),” he said in an interview with reporters. Domagoso hinted there might be no Traslacion or the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene in January if “this situation will remain the same.” “Pero halimbawa… maganda, medyo kayang i-tolerate yung numbers of infection or talagang halos kontrolado na natin yung infection, baka mag-isip kami ng bago (In case the situation improves or the number of infection is already under control, we might change our minds),” he added. Domagoso said, there is a need to issue restrictions on religious processions as he fears a  rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. “Everybody is going to Quiapo… para magsampalataya (for their faith). So in the hundreds thousands of people merging, I just give you conservative number, just one na maimpeksyon, na magdikit dikit, pawis, laway, so baka maulit tayo (only one infected devotee who will join the gathering, with all the sweat, saliva droplets and we might end up with huge cases again),” he cautioned......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: study

Covid-19 patients may experience more severe symptoms the second time they are infected, according to research released Tuesday confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal charts the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the United States — the country worst hit by the pandemic — and indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity. The patient, a 25-year-old Nevada man, was infected with two distinct variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, within a 48-day time frame. The second infection was more severe than the first, resulting in the patient being hospitalised with oxygen support. The paper noted four other cases of reinfection confirmed globally, with one patient each in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Ecuador. Experts said the prospect of reinfection could have a profound impact on how the world battles through the pandemic. In particular, it could influence the hunt for a vaccine — the currently Holy Grail of pharmaceutical research. “The possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of Covid-19 immunity, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine,” said Mark Pandori, for the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and lead study author. “We need more research to understand how long immunity may last for people exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and why some of these second infections, while rare, are presenting as more severe.” Waning immunity?Vaccines work by triggering the body’s natural immune response to a certain pathogen, arming it with antibodies it to fight off future waves of infection. But it is not at all clear how long Covid-19 antibodies last. For some diseases, such as measles, infection confers lifelong immunity. For other pathogens, immunity may be fleeting at best. The authors said the US patient could have been exposed to a very high dose of the virus the second time around, triggering a more acute reaction. Alternatively, it may have been a more virulent strain of the virus. Another hypothesis is a mechanism known as antibody dependent enhancement — that is, when antibodies actually make subsequent infections worse, such as with dengue fever. The researchers pointed out that reinfection of any kind remains rare, with only a handful of confirmed cases out of tens of millions of Covid-19 infections globally. However, since many cases are asymptomatic and therefore unlikely to have tested positive initially, it may be impossible to know if a given Covid-19 case is the first or second infection. In a linked comment to The Lancet paper, Akiko Iwasaka, a professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, said the findings could impact public health measures. “As more cases of reinfection surface, the scientific community will have the opportunity to understand better the correlates of protection and how frequently natural infections with SARS-CoV-2 induce that level of immunity,” she said. “This information is key to understanding which vaccines are capable of crossing that threshold to confer individual and herd immunity,” added Iwasaka, who was not involved in the study......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

No new cases in Lapu-Lapu City on Oct. 10

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu–A good news for Oponganons. Lapu-Lapu City did not log any new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday, October 10. Grace Carungay, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, told CDN Digital that of the 600 samples that they’ve submitted to the CTRL molecular laboratory of the Department of Health […] The post No new cases in Lapu-Lapu City on Oct. 10 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Five tricycle drivers in Lapu-Lapu positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines  — The Lapu-lapu City government has already recorded five tricycle drivers, who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was confirmed by Grace Carungay, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, in a text message. Read: 600 Lapu-Lapu tricycle drivers undergo COVID-19 swab tests Carungay said that a total of 3,058 tricycle […] The post Five tricycle drivers in Lapu-Lapu positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

One more Lapu tricycle driver tests positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—One more tricycle driver here tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Grace Carungay, the head of the Lapu-Lapu City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, told CDN Digital that out of the 303 swab samples they collected from free swab tests conducted on Monday and Tuesday at the Hoops Dome, one came out […] The post One more Lapu tricycle driver tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Out of 682 tricycle, PUV drivers in Lapu-Lapu, only one tests positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Only one of the  682 tricycles and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who underwent swab testing here last week tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was divulged by Grace Carungay, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head. The testing was done in the hopes of bringing back the trust of passengers […] The post Out of 682 tricycle, PUV drivers in Lapu-Lapu, only one tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Lapu tricycle, PUV drivers undergo swab testing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu- Tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers here flocked to the Hoops Dome in barangay Gun-ob on Wednesday morning, September 30, 2020, to take part in the swab testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Grace Carungay, Lapu-Lapu City Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit head, the testing was done in the hopes […] The post Lapu tricycle, PUV drivers undergo swab testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020