THE Department of Health (DOH) in Davao reported that the region recorded a total of 1,428 new Covid-19 cases on January 19, 2022.

This is the highest number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in a single-day in Davao Region.

Of the new cases, Davao City accounted for 1,197 new Covid-19 cases, also its highest record in a single day. This is followed by Davao del Norte (100), Davao Oriental (52), Davao de Oro (38), Davao del Sur (37), and Davao Occidental (4).

The new Covid-19 cases brought the active cases in the region to 4,989.

Davao City has the highest number of new cases at 3,698, followed by Davao del Norte (625), Davao del Sur (301), Davao de Oro (204), Davao Oriental (130), and Davao Occidental (31).

It can be noted that 99.1 percent of the active cases are mild and asymptomatic cases. Of the active cases, 3,301 are asymptomatic while 1,644 are mild cases. There are currently 40 severe cases and four critical cases in the region.

A total of 3,577 persons were tested for the Sars-Cov-2. Of this number, 39.9 percent or 1,428 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a total of 165 new recoveries were reported. Of this number, 134 are from Davao City, 26 from Davao Oriental, and five from Davao del Norte.

Three new deaths were recorded Wednesday, January 19, wherein Davao City, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte recorded one death each. All three deaths were reported late to DOH-Davao.

The region's total case load is now at 109,985, wherein 100,985 have recovered, 3,914 have died, and 4,989 are active cases.

Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte have been placed under Alert Level 3 until January 31, 2022.

Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental are still under Alert Level 2.

DOH-Davao Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang said on January 10 that the spike in Covid-19 cases in the region is due to Christmas and New Year gatherings.

"Diha makita nato na duna gyod pagtinakdanay in kaso man nga dunay usa or duha nga wala pa nahibal-an kay usually, makita nato sa mga kaso asymptomatic (During these kinds of gatherings, there is really a risk of transmission because there could be one or two individuals who are unaware that they are carriers of the virus because they can be asymptomatic)," said Yumang.

Meanwhile, the City Government of Davao reported earlier that the city is currently classified as "high risk" following the “high” two-week growth rate (2WGR) and “medium” Average Daily Attack Rate (Adar).

According to the recent Covid-19 Task Force Report of Davao City, the positivity rate in the city has reached 23.6 percent.

The city also classified 18 barangays as critical risk. These are 9-A, 15-B, 19-B, 34-D, 37-D, Bucana, Buhangin Proper, Cabantian, Catalunan Grande, Catalunan Pequeño, Maa, Matina Crossing, Sasa, Tacunan, Talomo Proper, Tibungco, Toril Proper, and V. Hizon Sr.

In an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city would still be utilizing the same strategy in addressing the pandemic.

“This will be our fourth surge. We still use the same strategy nga gihatag sa atoa sa (that was given to us by the) national government sa (through) DOH: Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, and Reintegration. We add to that the management of the dead,” she said.