Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

Davao City, Bacolod City, and Iloilo City are logging spikes in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to OCTA Research.

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The group said that from June 15 to 21, Davao registered an average of 246 Covid-19 cases per day — higher than numbers from the previous period, which was at 193, representing a 28-percent increase in the average cases of the said city.

OCTA Research also said Bacolod (114 average new cases per day) and Iloilo (88 average new cases per day) are seeing spikes in Covid-19 cases.

It added that Cebu and Tacloban had the highest jump in percentage, or 35 percent and 34 percent, respectively. In Calumpit, the largest percentage increase was recorded at 197 percent but the number of patients increased from only 9 to 27.

“Outside the NCR, the areas of concern include: Davao City, Bacolod, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro and Tacloban, although there were some welcome news as new cases had a decrease in some noted hotspots, e.g. Bacolod, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Butuan,” OCTA Research said.

“High hospital bed occupancy (HBUR greater than 70 percent) was observed in: Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, Tuguegarao, Dasmariñas, Butuan, Tacloban, Roxas City and Polomolok (which was at critical level). ICUs were already at critical level (above 85-percent utilization) in Davao City, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Tagum, Cotabato City, San Pablo, Koronadal, Batangas City and Santa Rosa,” it added.

As for the NCR, OCTA Research said the average daily number of new Covid-19 cases over the past seven days continued to decrease to 700.

Its latest monitoring report showed the figure accounts for a 15-percent decrease for the period June 15 to 21 compared to the previous week.

“This corresponds to an ADAR (average daily attack rate) of 5.07 per 100,000. An ADAR less than 5 per 100,000 is considered moderate-low,” OCTA said.

The NCR’s reproduction number over the same period was 0.73.

Its positivity rate was 7 percent with 35 percent hospital bed occupancy, 42 percent intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy, and 31 percent mechanical ventilator occupancy – all within safe levels. 

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