The OCTA Research Group reports that Dumaguete City has been entering an average of 95 new daily cases on week 07 to 13 June, which is more than twice the average of 42, its record in the previous week.
According to the group, the area’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) is 70 per 100,000. The figure is classified “extremely high risk.”
MANILA — The OCTA Research Group classifies Dumaguete City as an “area of most serious concern” outside the National Capital Region Plus. The area posted a 129-percent growth rate in COVID-19 cases for the said week, according to analysis made by the OCTA Research Group.
Also identified as areas of concern because of increasing cases, high hospital occupancy and high ADAR are Iloilo City, Butuan, Tacloban and Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Meanwhile, named “emerging hotspots” because of rapid one-week growth rates or very high ADAR are Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Legazpi City in Albay, and Tagbilaran City in Bohol.
OCTA identifies intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy at critical level (about 85 percent) in Davao City, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Tuguegarao and Koronadal.
OCTA fellow Ranjit Rye says stricter quarantines are immediately needed in the “hotspots” to reduce the surge in cases. The National Government should do more to support efforts to expand hospital capacity in hotspots in the Visayas and Mindanao, he says.
In the NCR, the general community quarantine (GCQ) status must continue says Rye.
“Given the downward trends, further calibrated easing of restrictions for certain businesses can be considered, provided these establishments comply with health and safety protocols of the government,” he says.
“The consensus in OCTA is that stricter quarantines are needed in the hotspots identified to slow down the surge in cases. These quarantines should be augmented by expanded testing, tracing and isolation as well as stricter monitoring and enforcement MPHS (minimum public health standards),” says Rye.
“Further, the National Government needs to accelerate implementation of the NCR Plus vaccination.” (LO/The MiNT)