DOH monitors COVID spike in Davao City; deaths near 8K

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    THE Department of Health (DOH) yesterday said it is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in Davao City, two days after it was tagged as a “hotspot of serious concern” by the OCTA Research Team.

    The DOH said it is keeping a keen eye on Davao City due to the recent spike in COVID cases and occupancy rate in its healthcare facilities.

    “The rise in Davao City is continuous as of this time… Transmission in these areas were identified in communities and closed settings,” the DOH said in a statement, adding that Davao City is currently categorized as “medium risk” based on average daily attack rate (ADAR) and the 2-week growth rate (2WGR).

    The DOH also said that Davao City’s critical care utilization rate is currently at 72 percent.

    In its latest report last Tuesday, the OCTA Team said Davao City is one of the two local government units (LGU) considered as hotspots of serious concern, the other being Baguio City.

    OCTA said Davao City has recorded an average of 104 daily new cases, an attack rate of 5.9 percent, and hospital occupancy rate of 84 percent.

    Baguio City, meanwhile, registered an average of 44 daily new cases, an attack rate of 11.2 percent, and hospital occupancy rate of 81 percent.

    The DOH, however, said “the number of new cases (in Baguio City) has plateaued over the past month.”

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said there were 1,337 new COVID cases, 110 of them coming from Davao City. Laguna had 74, Quezon City 66, Batangas 54, and Manila 53. Overall, the number of infections rose to 413,430.

    Forty-one more patients succumbed to the deadly virus, raising the number of fatalities in the country to 7,998, just two more deaths of reaching the 8,000 mark, and a case fatality rate of 1.93 percent.

    There were 286 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors now total 374,939 or 90.7 percent of patients have recovered.

    Active cases account for 7.4 percent of COVID cases in the country. Of the active cases, 84.5 percent are mild cases, 8 percent are asymptomatic cases, 4.7 percent are critical cases, 2.5 percent are severe cases, and 0.21 percent are moderate cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs reported no new COVID case or fatality among overseas Filipinos. There were two new recoveries, bringing the number of overseas Filipinos who have survived the deadly virus to 7,470. – With Ashzel Hachero