General Santos City and South Cotabato accounted for a combined 26 recoveries out of 36 patients who recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN).
The two provinces had 13 each; Cotabato City, five; Sarangani, three; and North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, one each, according to the Department of Health-12 (DoH-12) over the weekend.
There are still 371 active cases, with General Santos also on top of the tally with 127; Cotabato City, 100; South Cotabato, 70; Sarangani, 46; Sultan Kudarat, 15; and North Cotabato, 13.
Among 13 new cases, South Cotabato had five; Cotabato City, four; and North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City, one each.
DoH-12 spokesperson Arjohn Gangoso said despite the upward trend in recoveries, residents must continue practicing safety measures like wearing of masks and face shields and recommended physical distancing.
The recovery rate is now at 87 percent — 3,550 recoveries from 4,063 cases and 141 deaths since March.
On Friday, Cebu Pacific announced it will give free antigen tests to its passengers coming to and from General Santos, a move hailed by Mayor Ronnel Rivera as “a layer of protection and comfort in our effort to identify people who are infected so we can isolate and treat them.”
General Santos is under modified general community quarantine until the end of the year. The current curfew hours (midnight to 4 a.m.) will be shortened to until 2 a.m. on 16 to 24 December to allow residents to attend Simbang Gabi (dawn mass).
Curfew is also suspended from midnight of 24 December to midnight of 25 December and 31 December to 1 January to give way to celebrations, although parties should be limited to few family members and for a short number of hours only.
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