There has been a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City. These confirmed cases are recorded in tightly packed areas.
Massive testing was conducted in the city, particularly in areas like these, and the Cebu City Government rolled out the results. As of April 29, 2020, there are 124 cases in Barangay Labangon, 162 cases in Barangay Luz, and 212 cases in Cebu City Jail. These three locations are heavily populated.
The living situation in these areas makes it difficult for the residents to perform social distancing. These people are closely packed, making them vulnerable to the virus.
According to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Central Visayas (BJMP-7), the congestion rate of the Cebu City Jail is 1,000%, which is the reason for the rapid increase of cases in the facility.
In the uptown area, therein lies Sitio Zapatera, an urban poor community of Barangay Luz with over 9,000 residents. The proximity of their houses are close to each other. With the hindrances in practicing social distancing, the virus was able to spread easily, and the neighboring sitios also have confirmed cases.
In Labangon, 94% of the cases come from the heavily populated Sitio Callejon.
In total, 89% of the city’s cases are from these three areas. To prevent the virus from further spreading, the said locations are now under total lockdown.
Transmission of the virus is easier because of the dense population according to the Department of Health in Central Visayas Region 7.
Rapid testing will be conducted on May 4, and the results will determine if lifting the enhanced community quarantine is possible on May 15.