Community transmission in Cebu only in four areas, health officials say

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Community transmission of the coronavirus infection in Cebu province is limited to only four areas of Cebu City, local health authorities said Saturday.

Central Visayas Health Regional Director Jaime Bernadas said in a press statement that they have determined community transmission in four barangays in the city, and not the entire province.

These are Barangays Labangon, Luz, Mambaling, and Suba, which have over 100 cases of the viral illness, Bernadas said.

As of Saturday, Barangay Labangon has recorded 127 COVID-19 infections, which are all concentrated in Sitio Callejon. Sitio Zapatera in Barangay Luz has 194 cases, while Sitio Alaska in Barangay Mambaling has 556 infections. Meanwhile, 129 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease in Barangay Suba.

Earlier, Sitio Alaska in Barangay Mambaling, and Sitio Zapatera in Barangay Luz, were placed under lockdown due to the continuous surge in infections.

Local jail and detention facilities have also reported cases of the dreaded disease. In Cebu City Jail, 311 inmates and 24 personnel have so far contracted COVID-19.

Likewise, four healthcare workers and 17 recently returned overseas Filipino workers have tested positive for the contagious infection.

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella previously told CNN Philippines that they are expecting the infected toll to spike further, as they start conducting rapid antibody tests in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue.

Cebu City currently has 1,434 coronavirus cases. 94 have been infected in Mandaue City, while 48 people have caught COVID-19 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The entire province of Cebu now has 1,632 COVID-19 cases, including 28 recoveries and 17 deaths. It is second to Metro Manila among areas with the most number of infections nationwide.

Across the country, there are a total of 10,463 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,734 recoveries and 696 fatalities.

CNN Philippines' Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.