According to the OCTA Research Group on Friday, the increase in COVID-19 cases in Davao City has slowed slightly.
This is just days after the city recorded the highest average of new COVID-19 cases for the first week of June.
“Davao City had a slight decrease in cases and has dropped to second overall in the entire Philippines. Its positivity rate was 12 percent while its reproduction number over the past week was 1.46,” said OCTA in their study.
But the Department of Health (DOH) says some numbers remain high, specifically what they call the “2-week growth rate,” so extreme caution should still be exercised.
“Lahat ng rehiyon sa Visayas, Regions 6, 7, 8 at Region 5. Sa Mindanao din, Region 10, 11, 12, Caraga at BARMM ay nakitaan natin ng positive 2-week growth rate,” said DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.
In Davao City, there was also a slight decrease in the number of cases. But the city’s positivity rate is 12 percent while its reproduction number is 1.46. It is still above the standard 5 percent positivity rate and 1 reproduction number.
But Vergeire insists the increase in cases is not just due to a lack of compliance with minimum health protocols.
“Maaari ring ito ay caused ng variants. Pag tiningnan natin ‘yung ating mga spread ng COVID variants, nakita natin that we have already detected 4 types of variants in different regions of the country. And we can say, based on evidence that this increases the transmissibility of this virus. Kaya nakikita natin ‘yung mas mabilis na pagtaas ng kaso,” said Vergeire.
Increase in COVID-19 cases in Davao City slowed slightly: OCTA
Despite the fears caused by COVID-19 cases in many regions in the Philippines, the situation in the National Capital Region continues to improve.
At the same time, the government has also allowed the opening of some establishments such as gyms, as long as their facilities are not filled.
Meanwhile, about 100,000 additional doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Russia arrived in the Philippines Friday night.
Qatar Airways Flight QR928 landed at NAIA Terminal 3 carrying the vaccines before 11 p.m.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. welcomed the shipment, along with Russian Ambassador Pavlov Marat and other officials.