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Davao's low death rate due to efficient COVID response

April 22, 2021 - Thursday 4:04 PM by PNA

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DAVAO CITY – A health official from the city government said the low number of Covid-19 deaths here was due to the efficient Covid-19 response and utilization of care and treatment facilities.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, Dr. Ashley Lopez, acting head of the City Health Office (CHO), said that for the past two weeks, a low death rate was recorded as the number of cases is also going down.

“In the past two weeks we have relatively, or comparatively low deaths compared to the previous months and it’s because of our hospital utilization care, particularly our critical utilization rate, it went down to less than 50 percent,” he added.

Lopez has attributed the downtrend in cases to the city’s stringent coronavirus regulations, including intensified active-case finding and surveillance activities in communities.

However, despite the low turnout of cases, he said a possibility to detect more cases would happen due to the heightened surveillance and operations.

“Because of our intensified activities in contact tracing and mandatory testing, not only for direct contacts but also for secondary and tertiary contacts – F2 or F3, it is not surprising that our positivity rate will rise, although, it is not that significant,” Lopez said.

The city’s Covid-19 positivity rate stands at 3.8 percent for the past 14 days, with community transmission going down.

“We are lower than the WHO (World Health Organization) threshold of 5 percent, which only indicates that we have a relatively low transmission for Covid-19 here in Davao City,” Lopez added. Prexx Marnie Kate Trozo