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Post-holiday COVID-19 surge hits Davao City

January 13, 2021 - Wednesday 7:01 PM by Davao City Information Office

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The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has reported an increase in the number of coronavirus cases since January 7 or two weeks after the 2020 holiday season. 

According to Dr. Ashley Lopez, the focal person of the Covid-19 task force, the city reverted to more than 100 positive cases a day compared to almost half the number of daily cases in the last two weeks of December.

“Since we are experiencing the post-holiday surge, by January 7 we reached 131 cases. Most of the following days from January 7 more than 100 cases are recorded daily,” Lopez said.

He said that the increase in the number of cases is the effect of the holiday season when people flooded grocery stores in preparation for Christmas.

Lopez added that according to their forecast, if Dabawenyos have not heeded the city government’s call to stay at home during the holidays, the New Year surge would be expected by the third week of January.

“This means that from January 7 until mid-week of February Davao City will continue to experience the post-holiday surge,” Lopez said.

As of January 12, Davao City has 1,345 total active cases with 122 new cases. Since March, there are already 9,863 recorded cases in the city and 8,053 recoveries with 38 new recoveries.

Lopez said that although there is an increase in cases, the number of recoveries has also increased. “If you look at the data, our recoveries are also increasing. In the previous month, we had about 65 to 70 percent recoveries. This time, we are at 81.7 percent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Davao City’s death rate or case fatality rate is at 4.7 percent.

Given the current condition, Lopez has called on Dabawenyos to be responsible and do their part in bringing down the number of cases in the city by observing the minimum health standards – stay at home, frequently wash hands with soap and water, wear mask and face shield, and observe social distancing.