THE Department of Health (DOH)-Davao has registered a total of 73 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Davao City since the city has transitioned to general community quarantine (GCQ) on May 16 to May 26.
Based on the data from DOH-Davao, on May 26, the region posted the highest Covid-19 cases in a single day at 20. Of this number 18 came from Davao City, one from Davao del Sur, and one from Davao Occidental.
For the data in Davao City alone since May 16, DOH-Davao noted only one case on that day, May 17 (2), May 18 (15), May 19 (7), May 20 (0), May 21 (13), May 22 (5), May 23 (8), May 24 (3), and May 25 (2).
Almost all the new cases in the region are from Davao City which has now a total of 249 Covid-19 cases followed by Davao del Norte with 14, Davao del Sur with three, Davao Oriental with three, Davao de Oro with two, and Davao Occidental with two.
Under GCQ, the city government has relaxed its restrictions and partially open the economy after weeks of lockdown.
In an earlier radio interview, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the surge of Covid-19 cases is expected to rise because of the presence of the virus.
More people will now be authorized outside their residence as more establishments have resumed their operations.
Health authorities said that the effect of the GCQ implementation is likely to be observed in early weeks next month.
“Ang expectation sa doctor, ang acceleration or surge of cases will be next week and second week of June because of GCQ. Ang importante makita dayun nato kinsa ang positive ug ma contact tracing dayun (What is important is we have to find who are positive and contact trace the people they encountered),” Duterte-Carpio said.
Thus, it is important to immediately locate those infected individuals to prevent massive transmission of the viral disease. She also noted that another factor for the increase of Covid-19 cases in the region is the intensified case finding effort of the city.
In a virtual presser on May 26, DOH-Davao assistant regional director Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera said the contract tracing effort of DOH-Davao has also contributed to the rise of cases because infected individuals were immediately located and tested.
“Dumadami ang cases natin it’s because of the contact tracing, ‘yong pinaka-close na contact yon yong tint-test natin even they are asymptomatic. ‘Yon yong lumalabas na positive sa ating RT-PCR. Karamihan sa nag-positive are from Davao kaya gusto rin namin na ito bang nag positive sa RT-PCR ay na-RDT ng City,” Rivera said.
Rivera added that a big chunk of the cases in Davao City is within the same household and the contamination in New Davao Matina Gallera.
She said every day, figures are different depending on the samples run by the RT-PCR machines. There are days where only a few out of the batches of samples tested positive or negative while there are also instances where there are more samples whose results read positive.