Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020
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Nine localities from across the Philippines have been classified by the group OCTA Research as high-risk areas for the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The cities of Makati, Baguio and Davao were included in the list and tagged as “hotspots of serious concern.”

OCTA Research’s monitoring report but released to the media on Tuesday showed only one locality in the National Capital Region – Makati – was listed as high-risk areas for the spread of Covid-19.

Besides the three aforementioned localities, the other cities/municipalities classified as Covid-19 high-risk areas are: La Trinidad, Benguet;  Batangas City, Batangas;

 Lucena, Quezon; Lopez, Quezon; and Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur

“We are concerned that these LGUs may experience high hospital burden in the coming weeks that may stress their health care systems and overwhelm their medical front-liners,” the group said in its report.

The group’s report also said Baguio and Davao City are considered “LGUs (local government units) hotspots of serious concern” based on the surge in the number Covid-19 cases there in both localities.

No area in the Visayas was tagged as high-risk OCTA Research. The group based its assessment of Covid-19 high-risk areas based on cases per day, positivity rate, attack rate, and/or hospital occupancy.

To contain the spread of Covid-19, the group urged concerned LGUs to further intensity in the areas of testing, contact tracing, and isolation.

 “Furthermore, in the high-risk LGUs, the implementation of more aggressive and effective localized lockdowns with stricter border control is urgently needed to suppress further viral transmissions,” OCTA Research’s report said.

The research group is composed of faculty members and alumni from the University of the Philippines, with experts from the University of Santo Tomas and Providence College in the United States contributing to the effort. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGNPH

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