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7 highly urbanized cities log record-high new COVID-19 cases — Octa

/ 09:48 AM January 24, 2022
BUSY AGAIN People have been returning to San Pedro Street in Davao City since September, mindful of health protocols as restrictions are eased in the city. —BING GONZALES

FILE PHOTO BUSY AGAIN People have been returning to San Pedro Street in Davao City since September, mindful of health protocols as restrictions are eased in the city. —BING GONZALES

MANILA, Philippines — Seven highly urbanized cities (HUCs) have logged record-high new COVID-19 infections on January 23, with Davao City posting almost 2,000 new cases, independent pandemic monitor Octa Research said Monday.

Guido David, a fellow of Octa Research, said that aside from Davao City, other HUCs are Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Davao City, General Santos, Mandaue, and Iloilo City.

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Citing data from the Department of Health, the following are the record-high COVID-19 cases of the said HUCs:

Davao City – 1,831 new cases

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Baguio – 902 new cases

Iloilo City – 793 new cases

Bacolod – 347 new cases

Butuan – 310 new cases

Mandaue – 285 new cases

General Santos – 188 new cases

Meanwhile, the following are the HUCs’ one-week COVID-19 growth rate:

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Davao City – 316 percent

Mandaue – 228 percent

Butuan – 200 percent

Bacolod – 143 percent

Iloilo City – 168 percent

General Santos – 116 percent

Baguio – 68 percent

Baguio City and Iloilo City have a “severe” average daily attack rate (ADAR) at 161.90 and 95.84, respectively.

ADAR refers to the average number of fresh COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, OCTA said HUCs’ reproduction number, the average number of individuals being infected by a positive case,  is all “very high” at more than one, David said.

The ideal reproduction number must be less than one to indicate lesser COVID-19 spread, health experts said.

David also pointed out that the COVID-19 surge “has not peaked yet in most HUCs outside” Metro Manila.

The country posted 29,828 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, driving the overall case count to 3,417,216.

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