Cagayan de Oro City Health Office Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya believes Covid cases in the city will rise once mass testing is done with the operation of Covid test labs this week. Based on global health figures, fatality rate of Covid averages 6.7-7% which means there will be 7 deaths in every 100 confirmed cases. In Cagayan de Oro, there are 4 deaths in just 7 confirmed cases (57%) which is very high due mainly to lack of testing capacity.

He cited Cebu as an example where Covid cases significantly increased with mass testing in the 3 major cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. However, Dr. Retuya said most Covid cases or 80% will only have minor or mild symptoms and need not be admitted to Covid-referral hospitals but will be placed in quarantine or isolation units.

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