Some areas in Region 7, NCR ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 – DOH

Some areas in Region 7 and the National Capital Region (NCR) are in the “high risk” classification of the pandemic, according to a report by the Department of Health Sec. Francisco Duque.

According to Duque, there have been areas where -19 cases have been on the rise in recent days.

“Ang mga rehiyon ng VII, X, IV-B at NCR ay nagpakita nang pagtaas ng kanilang 2WGR (two week growth rate) at ang Region VII ang pinakamataas na nakapagpatala ng 64 percent 2WGR,” he said.

Some cities in Region 7 can be considered in the “high risk classification” due to the increase in cases.

“Atin pong bibigyan ng pansin ang Region VII at patuloy natin iminumungkahi na paigtingin pang lalo ang kanilang PDITR strategies na lalo na sa mga lugar na nasa high-risk classification gaya po ng Cebu City, , Lapu-Lapu City. Sa kabuuan, ang Region VII ay nasa safe zone naman ang kanilang health care utilization rate at nanatiling Lapu-Lapu City ang nasa moderate risk at 69 percent,” Duque added.

Metro also has two cities monitored by the DOH.

Some areas in Region 7, NCR ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 – DOH

“Para naman sa NCR, dito po, ang mga lungsod ng Navotas, ang Pasay ay naitala sa high-risk classification dulot nang mataas na 2WGR para sa Navotas City na nagkaroon po ng 349 percent increase at mataas na average daily attack rate sa Pasay City at 8.62 cases per 100,000 population,” he said.

Malabon, San Juan, Makati, Manila, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Quezon, and the Municipality of Pateros have been considered “moderate risk classification” in recent weeks.

He said the Metro Manila’s health care utilization rate is in the safe zone, apart from Makati City which has a utilization rate of 63%.

Some parts of Region 10 such as Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon are also in the “moderate risk classification” due to the increase in their two-week growth and average daily attack rate.

The daily attack rate in the Cordillera Administrative Region also increased, according to Duque.

However, Duque did not specify which of the areas he mentioned the IATF recommends to be subject to stricter quarantine status by March.