DOH strictly monitoring 6 COVID-19 hotspots in NCR, Cebu

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said Monday the (DOH) is strictly monitoring six “hotspots” where there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

According to Vergeire, the said hotspots include Cebu City, Cebu province, cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu in Cebu, Quezon City, and the City of Manila.

“Ito iyong top 6 na tinututukan namin dahil sila iyong nakapagtala ng maraming kaso ng COVID-19 the past week,” she said in a virtual forum.

(This is the top six we are closely monitoring which recorded increase in new cases of COVID-19 the past week.)

However, Vergeire clarified that the case doubling rate nationwide remained below seven days at 7.7 days and that only 60% of the Philippines’ critical care facilities are occupied.

Aside from the six apparent hotspots, the DOH Undersecretary said the backlogs in COVID-19 test results yet to be released by laboratories have also reached 8,000 as of July 4.