COVID-19 in Davao region contained, claims hospital chief

Chrislen Bulosan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 14 2020 12:15 PM

DAVAO CITY — With no new surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, a health official here believes the virus has been contained.

Dr. Leopoldo Vega, Medical Center Chief of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) said the area has not recorded additional cases on April 10 and April 13. 

The tally remained at 90 confirmed cases, as of April 13. Of this, 52 have recovered while 14 died.

“The condition is controlled in a certain way because for the last two weeks, we haven’t started to see any kind of surge… We have a good number of recoveries. We have controlled the COVID but we cannot put our guards down because we might have a second wave,” Vega said. 

Vega added the hospital already carried out 1,908 COVID tests, as of April 11.

But a mass testing is not yet possible so the facility is trying to do a rapid testing, with frontliners being prioritized.

Davao City has the highest is the entire region with 74 confirmed cases.

Tally of positive cases in Davao City:

TALOMO DISTRICT - 27
BUHANGIN DUSTRICT - 21
POBLACION DISTRICT - 9
AGDAO DITRICT - 4
TORIL DISTRICT - 2
CALINAN DISTRICT - 1
PAQUIBATO DISTRICT - 1
BUNAWAN DISTRICT - 1

From Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s tally, Talomo District has the most number of confirmed patients.

A barangay lockdown may be imposed, but Duterte-Carpio would prefer a "household lockdown" instead, where residents are barred from leaving their homes. 

The entire Davao Region is placed under enhanced community quarantine until April 19. There is no directive from the local government yet for an extension.