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COVID-19 cases ‘surging’ in 7 highly-urbanized cities — OCTA Research

/ 09:48 AM January 22, 2022

As Cebu City limits the movement of the unvaccinated, residents continue to
troop to COVID-19 vaccination centers, like this one set up at
at a public school in Barangay Tisa. (NESTLE SEMILLA)

MANILA, Philippines — COVID-19 cases are “surging” in seven highly-urbanized cities in the country, independent analytics group OCTA Research said Saturday.

Data shared by OCTA Research fellow Guido David showed that COVID-19 cases are “surging in Baguio City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Tacloban City, Davao City, and CDO (Cagayan de Oro).”

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The surge, meanwhile, is slowing down in the cities of Angeles, Lucena, and Olongapo.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, is exhibiting a “decreasing” trend, according to David.

Based on data shown by David, Metro Manila posted a -30 one-week growth rate of COVID-19 cases, while Baguio City posted a 137 percent growth rate; Iloilo City, 208 percent; Cebu City, 254 percent; Lapu-Lapu City, 96 percent; Tacloban, 142 percent; Davao City, 299 percent; and Cagayan de Oro, 236 percent.

Meanwhile, Angeles City recorded a one-week growth rate of 16 percent, Lucena had 26 percent, and Olongapo posted a 14 percent growth rate of cases compared to the previous week.

The Department of Health said on Friday that COVID-19 cases seem to be plateauing in Metro Manila but stressed that further study is needed to confirm if cases are decreasing, considering the limitations in RT-PCR testing and the still high positivity rate in the region.

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