Cluster cases 'happening in coastal areas'

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HEALTH authorities urged the Davao City Government to closely monitor barangays near coastlines, as most clustering of cases are observed in these areas.

According to data from the Department of Health (DOH), 34 of the 96 barangays with existing Covid-19 cases contributed to 80 percent of cases in the last 14 days.

Meanwhile, out of the 60 areas with clustering cases, six were reported in the last 14 days, of which majority is coming from Barangays 27-C, R. Castillo, 31-D, Bunawan, Bangoy, and 32-D.

DOH medical specialist Dr. Alethea De Guzman said in a virtual presser on Wednesday, November 18, based on a city map of new cases, most of them are located in nearby riverbanks and coastlines.

De Guzman said it would be interesting to find out what is within these areas that caused the clustering of new cases.

But she said their findings are still not conclusive. She added that monitoring and case finding would be important to help determine the cause of sudden clustering of cases in these areas.

"Would be interesting to see what's within the area, bakit doon nagkukumpol ang mga bagong kaso natin (why there are clustering of cases within these areas)," De Guzman said in a National Coordinated Operations to Defeat Pandemic (Code) Team virtual presser on Wednesday afternoon.

National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the city must continue to impose granular lockdowns in these areas to help curb the transmission within communities.

Galvez also recommended to prohibit imposing home quarantine as these would further cause transmission within communities.


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