Negros Occidental guv might declare ‘new normal’ in June

April 6, 2022 by No Comments

NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he will wait until June this year before making any declaration that the province is already under a “new normal.”Lacson cited experts who said that the Philippines should expect a new surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases by June after the campaign period.”We hope that it (Covid-19) will become endemic, meaning it’s a virus that is around but can be treated,” the governor said.The number of fully vaccinated residents in Negros Occidental has now reached 1.2 million as of April 3, 2022, records from the Provincial Government showed.Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said the number is equivalent to 60.46 percent of the total number of residents eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.It is still far from the 80 percent or 1.825 million target population, he said, adding that another 107,531 Negrenses are waiting for their second dose.With the recent downgrading of several localities in Negros Occidental to Alert Level 1, Diaz said it would hopefully entice the leaders of other towns and cities to double their vaccination efforts against Covid-19.Meanwhile, Negros Occidental logged zero cases of Covid-19 for the last two days, thus the number of active cases further dropped to 27 from 37 on April 4, a report of the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) showed.Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Negros Occidental logged total of 41,364 cases, with 39,371 recoveries and 1,965 deaths, it added.Lacson said the Provincial Government is calling on all local government units to have a house- to-house inoculation against Covid-19 as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte.