Saturday, October 23, 2021

Davao Region remains under GCQ, some areas with heightened restriction

Infographic by John Roger Orquiza

AMID the rising Covid-19 cases in Davao Region, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) placed the entire region under general community quarantine (GCQ), with some areas under heightened restrictions until the end of September 2021.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Monday, September 6, the updated quarantine status in the country.

Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro and Davao Occidental will remain under GCQ with heightened restrictions, while Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental will be under GCQ with no restrictions.

The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, as of Monday night, has not issued any statement if they will adopt the IATF order. The province recently announced that it will be implementing a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from September 8 to 21 to address the alarming surge in Covid-19 cases that have already started to overwhelm health and isolation facilities.

Davao Region reported another record-breaking 1,123 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, September 5. Total cases in the region were at 73,632.

Of the new cases, 586 were from Davao City, 154 from Davao del Norte, 121 from Davao Oriental, 43 from Davao de Oro, 79 from Davao Occidental and 140 from Davao del Sur.

Dr. Raquel Montejo, DOH-Davao Local Health Support Division chief, said in a virtual presser on Monday that some local government units (LGUs) have been requesting the change of their quarantine status as cases in their locality surge.

Montejo cited Sta. Maria in Davao Occidental, currently downgraded from ECQ to modified ECQ (MECQ), had requested DOH-Davao to review their data for reclassification.

On the health parameters, she said among the basis being considered is the two-week growth rate (2WGR), average daily attack rate (Adar), and the area's critical utilization rate.

She said placing a certain area under the highest quarantine restriction would entail a certain balance.

"Kelangan balansehin din natin ang (There is a need to make a balance on) other parameters, lalo na 'yung economic parameters natin (especially on our economic parameters),” she said.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio revealed in a radio interview on Monday afternoon that the health group had recommended that the city be placed under ECQ due to the current surge.

However, the mayor said the Covid-19 Task Force asked the health group to look into the numbers and see if it is deemed fit for an ECQ under the IATF criteria.

"On our own, we do not have a criteria because ang nagahatag og (the ones dictating our) community quarantine classification is ang (the) IATF," Duterte-Carpio said.

The mayor said they have yet to discuss it with the body in case the figures would fit for the city to be placed under a higher quarantine status.


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