MERGE There were 725 who were tested for COVID-19 in Talisay City yesterday* Talisay City PIO photo

Bacolod now No. 1 in WV
with 241 new Covid cases

Bacolod City breached the 1,000-mark with 1,216 COVID-19 positive cases as of yesterday surpassing the total number in the 31 towns and cities of Negros Occidental at 1,152 cases, the Department of Health reported.

Bacolod is now ranked No. 1 in Western Visayas with the most number of COVID-19 positive cases, followed by Negros Occidental, Iloilo City with 984, Iloilo province – 790, Capiz – 148, Guimaras – 90, Antique – 45, and Aklan – 29.

Bacolod City recorded an all-time high 241 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and Sunday, while Negros Occidental had 81 new cases. moremoremore

HQPs, border controls Sept. 3 to 15

The Bacolod City government is issuing home quarantine passes and will set up border controls from September 3 to 15 to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, based on a consensus of multi-sectoral groups yesterday, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

This is response to the appeal of the medical society for a recess or break due to the increasing COVID-19 cases and with hospitals and medical facilities becoming overwhelmed, Leonardia said.

With the legal authority given to him by the Sangguniang Panlungsod to implement stringent measures in the campaign against COVID-19, he said he took up with the business leaders and religious sector the reinstitution of the home quarantine pass policy. moremoremore


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Economic recovery plan of Region 6
highlights growth amid challenges

The Western Visayas Regional Recovery Program underscored job creation and economic growth sustainability amid the continuing challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ro-Ann Bacal, director of the National Economic and Development Authority Region 6, said.

The 127-page recovery plan contained recommendations to mitigate economic losses as well as policies for socio-economic activities under the “new normal”, she said.

She added that it serves as a guide for the region as it gradually transitions from responding to the Covid-19 pandemic to recovery under the “new normal”.