Bacolod center building (PNA Bacolod file photo)

BACOLOD CITY – Eight persons have died due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) between January and April this year, data from the City Health Office (CHO) on Monday showed.

Dr. Laarni Pornan, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said all the fatalities were unvaccinated.

The fatalities include four senior citizens, a 53-year-old, two 40-year-olds, and a seven-year-old.

From Jan. 1 to April 23, the CHO recorded 221 cases, of which in January there were 52; February with 28; March with 41, and April, 100.

Pornan said this city is still under Alert Level 1, the most lenient classification which has no restrictions in terms of indoor and outdoor gathering capacities.

Based on records of the Department of Health, the city’s vaccination status indicated that it has surpassed the required fully vaccinated population at 161.13 percent as well as the fully vaccinated A2 or senior citizen population at 154.24 percent.

“Bacolod is enjoying the fruits of this and we are still in Alert Level 1,” Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said.

Amid the city’s Covid-19 classification level, Benitez urged residents to follow the minimum health protocols stated in Executive Order 7 issued by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. in October last year.

Although Section 1 provides the voluntary wearing of face masks in indoor and outdoor spaces, it is still required or mandatory in healthcare facilities, medical transport vehicles, and public transportation by land, air or sea.

Wearing face masks is also encouraged for the elderly; individuals with comorbidities; immunocompromised individuals; pregnant women; unvaccinated individuals; and symptomatic individuals. (PNA)