Baguio logs record COVID-19 cases

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The city government here has banned private social gatherings among persons not from the same household until the end of the month as it logged the highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases.

The city health services office said 516 new cases were recorded on Thursday, the highest since the start of the pandemic in 2020. It broke the 411 cases recorded on Sept. 18 last year.

Twenty barangays are on lockdown amid the surge in cases.

At least 123 of those infected are asymptomatic, 390 with mild symptoms and three with moderate symptoms.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong had earlier bared projections that infections would reach a peak of 500 cases per day, believed to be driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

As this developed, Magalong said this year’s Panagbenga Festival would push through sans the crowd-drawing activities such as the flower float parade and street dancing.

He said the launch and actual celebration may be held in February or March.

The Panagbenga Festival was canceled in 2020 and postponed last year due to the pandemic.   

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