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Occidental Mindoro town’s COVID-19 infection spike a result of active case finding — DOH

/ 02:30 PM October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The surge of COVID-19 infections in Lubang, Occidental Mindoro is a result of active case finding, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday.

“They’re doing active case finding currently in Lubang kaya talagang biglang taas ang mga kaso (that is why there is a sudden increase in cases),” Vergeire said during the Department of Health media forum.

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“So, this is a result of the active case finding at maganda ‘yan dahil immediately ma-isolate nila ‘yung mga taong may sakit and then after 14 days, we hope that the number of cases in this area will continuously decline,” she added.

(So, this is a result of the active case finding and that is good because they can immediately isolate those infected and then after 14 days, we hope that the number of cases in this area will continuously decline.)

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Based on data obtained from the DOH DataDrop, independent team Octa Research flagged Lubang, Occidental Mindoro early Monday due to its rising cases.

“A Covid-19 outbreak in Lubang, a small municipality of 20,000 people in Occidental Mindoro, has caused cases to increase by 580% and the reproduction number to spike to 3.61,” Octa’s report stated, adding that it is a critical risk using criteria based on covidactnow.org.

Octa’s report further showed that Lubang had an average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 170 from October 18 to 24.

ADAR pertains to the number of new daily cases per 100,000.

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It also has a 42-percent testing positivity rate from October 17 to 23.

On Sunday, the Philippines logged 5,279 new COVID-19 cases, driving the overall case count to 2,756,923.

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