Thursday, June 24, 2021

Davao del Norte cities, town experience Covid-19 surge

Photo from PIA-Davao

ALL three cities and one town in Davao del Norte are experiencing continuous surge of Covid-19 cases as they enter the month of June.

These are Tagum City, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal and Municipality of Santo Tomas.

The Island Garden City of Samal has suspended all of its tourism activities from June 1, 2021 to June 14, 2021 with the release of Executive Order 292, series of 2021, which stated “there is a need to prohibit all tourism activities in the Island Garden City of Samal due to the continuous surge of Covid-19 cases in the city and its neighboring places.”

The EO is “an order amending Executive Order No. 291, series of 2021 to include suspension of all tourism activities in the Island Garden City of Samal within the period June 1 to June 14, 2921 except DOT star-rated resorts and staycation establishments.”

As of June 1, 2021, there are 42 active cases in the city of Samal.

Similarly, Panabo City is also experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases.

Acting City Health Officer Dr. Eranie L. Pangilinan said “murag surge 2.0 (It’s like surge 2.0).”

She said this after 22 new cases were recorded from Barangays New Visayas, Datu Abdul Dadia, San Francisco, Cagangohan, and Sto. Niño, which she said were only recording “one digit” number of cases several weeks prior.

She pointed that there are various causes for the surge such as the mandatory testing companies implement to their employees and Covid-19 transmissions due to disobedience on the health protocols.

As of June 1, 2021, Panabo City has 102 active cases.

The same surge can be seen in the province’s capital, Tagum City, as the active cases rose from 251 on May 29, 2021 to 308 on June 1, 2021; an increase of 57 active cases within four days.

Tagum City currently has the most number of active cases in the province.

The Municipality of Santo Tomas followed Tagum City in terms of most number of active cases in the province, as active cases of 120 on May 31, 2021 increased to 144 on June 1, 2021.

Although the Island Garden City of Samal has released an EO in response to such rise in cases, the other cities and town have yet to release their own.

In the province of Davao del Norte as a whole, there are 713 active cases as of June 1, 2021. The cities and town mentioned above have the most contribution to this number. (PIA-Davao)


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