Davao City has recorded zero cases in one day – but this is no cause to be jubilant, a local health chief said on Wednesday, March 24.

Davao City Health Office acting health Dr. Ashely Lopez, during the ‘COVID-19 Alert’ program on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio, said that the city has recorded another zero case in one day from a report taken from March 22.

“Davao City for the second time this year, we have zero cases for a day, actually nagsugod nagbaba atong mga kaso sa last week sa February (Davao City for the second time this year, we have zero cases for a day, actually the cases have started dropping in the last week of February),” Lopez said.

Lopez said that as of March 23, Davao City has recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases.

Out of the 13,553 total cases since the start of the pandemic in March last year, the city has now a total of 298 active cases of COVID-19 infections.

“Hinaot unta nga moubos pa ni because ang ingon sa atong mayor kay ang target nato dapat ani kay ma-single digit na lang ni sya, with or without the vaccine (Hopefully, it will continue to drop because our mayor told us that our target is to hit a single digit, with or without the vaccine),” Lopez said.

Lopez, also the Davao Task Force on COVID-19 focal person, said that the city has recorded a significantly high rate of recoveries from the past weeks.

“Out of the 13,553 our total recoveries, it reached up to 12,593 with the 27 new recoveries this morning. So that will account for a little more than 92% of the total cases,” Lopez added.

According to Lopez, the case fatality rate in Davao City is at 4.9 percent, which is about 662 out of the 13,553 total cases.

Lopez has also attributed the stricter implementation of Davao City’s ordinances and policies, including the stricter quarantine measures and regulated socio-economic activities as reasons for the continuous downtrend of cases in the city.

“In Davao, we have maintained the general community quarantine and that is the most important because we have seen the downtrend of our cases, we were able to sustain the risk assessment level through the GCQ,” he explained.

He also cited the importance of regulating the movement of the people, including passengers arriving in Davao City through the Davao International Airport, in preventing the further transmission of the disease.

“We have to ensure and na-reinstate na pud nato ang atong mga border control measures and our RT-PCR nga requirement, particularly sa atong Davao International Airport, that will help a lot in suppressing possible entrance of the new COVID-19 variants in Davao City (We have to ensure and our border control measures have been already reinstated including the RT-PCR requirement, particularly at the Davao International Airport, that will help a lot in suppressing possible entrance of the new COVID-19 variants in Davao City),” Lopez added, stressing that the city remains free from the new COVID-19 variants.

The city government has intensified its health and safety measures against the coronavirus disease, particularly on preventing possible infections.

“Akong panawagan, hinaot unta nga we continue to be vigilant and we continue to cooperate and let’s not be complacent. Dili tanan nga nagadala-dala og COVID makit-an o mahibal-an, majority of these cases are asymptomatic, so, dili ka makabalo nga naay COVID o wala. So, the only way to protect ourselves is to prevent it (I call on the public to continue to be vigilant and cooperate and not be complacent. Not all carriers of COVID-19 can be identified, majority of these cases are asymptomatic, so, we do not know which one is a carrier),” Lopez said, while urging the public to cooperate and patronize the government’s campaign against COVID-19. CIO