Resurgence of virus in Iloilo not surprising: Defensor


The increase in new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases per day came as no surprise to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

Defensor attributed the surge in Covid-19 cases to

complacency and super “spreader events.”

Many Ilonggos were easily swayed by the festive mood to visit friends and family, perhaps forgetting they were supposed to limit their activities to only what were absolutely necessary, according to him. (

The cold weather, the governor added, was also a contributory factor.

Based on Provincial Health Office’s latest data, the province’s average daily count for new infection was pegged at 14.72 cases.

This resulted in Iloilo overtaking Negros Occidental with the most number of active cases at 347.

Iloilo City is at second with 259 while Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are now third and fourth, with 165 and 130, respectively.

Defensor once again reiterated the guidelines stated in his Executive Order No. (EO) 183-G, Series of 2020 issued on December 3.

EO 183-G enforced additional and adjusted community quarantine measures on movement of persons, minimum public health standards in establishments, industries and livelihood sectors, and public event and gatherings.