CORTES, Bohol, June 5 (PIA) -- The month of June opened with three more coronavirus disease (COVID -19) deaths in Bohol, bringing the total fatality count to 58, a year and two and a half months after Bohol tried to strengthen its borders against the entry of the fatal viral disease here.
The recent deaths recorded on June 1 brings to 41 the total number of deaths in Bohol due to COVID in 2021.
In 2020, the year ended with 17 COVID-19 related deaths.
From May to December 2020, the COVID-19 deaths in 2020 averaged at 1.7 percent, which is below the national and global monthly death rate.
With 2021, in the beginning quarter of the year, Bohol continued a relatively low fatality rate of 10 in the first three months.
This put the average monthly mortality rate at 3.3 percent, which is double the number of the ten-month period in 2020.
The prospects for a better future in the province's fight against the virus started when the national vaccine rollout started in Bohol on March 6, with medical frontliners at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital getting their first jabs of the vaccine.
After the second dose of vaccination, one needs to wait for the vaccine to be circulated and for the body to complete its fabrication of a stronger COVID-19 immune response to be able to fight the entry of the virus.
The two vaccines that have been available in Bohol are Sinovac from China and AstraZeneca from the Great Britain.
Sinovac needs 28 days after the first dose before the second dose can be jabbed, while AstraZeneca needs as much as four to eight weeks after the first dose to be administered for its second dose.
In April this year, the month ended with the most number of deaths in Bohol after a year and a month since the pandemic started with 13 deaths.
During the same period, the provincial vaccination team initially reported a high vaccination accomplishment for Priority Group A1 or those in the medical frontlines.
However, towards the end of the month, Bohol recorded a decreasing accomplishment.
The. month of May ended with 15 deaths, putting the average monthly mortality rate in 2021 at seven deaths. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)