CEBU CITY - Cebu Mayor Edgardo Labella announced Sunday that there are 40 new COVID-19 cases in the city.
Of this number, 22 came from Barangay Luz, which the authorities earlier tagged as the city’s epicenter for coronavirus infections.
However, the cases now come from different sitios, not only from Sitio Zapatera where the first infection was recorded.
Labella attributed the increase in the number of cases to their expanded mass testing which included nearby sitios.
Twelve of the new cases came from Barangay Suba, 3 from Barangay Inayawan, 1 from Sambag 2, 1 from Barangay Capitol Site and 1 from the Cebu City Jail.
Those identified as positive have been transferred to the Barangay Isolation Centers. The city has identified 19 schools as the isolation centers. These are for those patients who are either asymptomatic or those who only show mild symptoms.
Meanwhile, the city has already opened the Cebu City Quarantine Center. It is located at the North Reclamation Area which can accommodate up to 200 patients with mild to medium symptoms. It is designed so the virus wouldn’t spread, said the mayor in his previous interviews.
As of now, there are no patients admitted there yet. The city now has 451 cases, the highest in Central Visayas.
The Department of Health on Sunday confirmed 285 new cases of novel coronavirus infection raising the Philippines' total to 7,579.