The Davao City government has recorded an increase in the number of coronavirus cases two weeks after the 2020 holiday season, an official said.
Dr. Ashley Lopez, the focal person of the Covid-19 task force, said the city again reported more than 100 positive cases a day compared to almost half the number of daily cases in the last two weeks of December.
“Since we are experiencing the post-holiday surge, by January 7 we reached 131 cases. Most of the following days from January 7 more than 100 cases are recorded daily,” Lopez said.
He said that the increase in the number of cases is the effect of the holiday season when people flooded grocery stores in preparation for Christmas.
Lopez added that according to their forecast, if Dabawenyos have not heeded the city government’s call to stay at home during the holidays, the New Year surge would be expected by the third week of January.
As of January 12, Davao City has 1,345 total active cases with 122 new cases. Since March, there are already 9,863 recorded cases in the city and 8,053 recoveries with 38 new recoveries.
The city’s death rate or case fatality rate is at 4.7 percent.