Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte attributed the constant surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive cases in recent days to mass gatherings and non-essential movement within Davao City.

The mayor, during her Davao City Disaster Radio program Monday, October 26, said, “The top two reasons for the fast spreading or increase of transmission are mass gatherings and non-essential movements.” 

Davao City, as of October 25, posted a total of 837 active cases: 108 new active cases on October 25; 118 on October 24; 76 on October 23, and 73 on October 22.

The city currently has a total of 3,228 COVID-19 cases, 2,251 recoveries, and 140 deaths.

“There is an obvious surge from 200 to over 800 in one month,” she said, expecting that it will further increase in the coming days considering that each of the cases infected more persons.

Duterte said, “Sa kadaghan ana each tao can infect several others. Kung naa tay 837 active cases, thousands na atong mga ginapangita nato possibly nga infected (With such a number of COVID-19 positive cases, each patient can infect several others. If we have 837 active cases, we are looking for thousands who might also be infected).”

Of the 837, she bared that these came from the barangays with double and triple-digit cases. Barangay Buhangin topped the list followed by Bucana, 23-C, Tomas Monteverde Sr., Sasa, Maa, 19-B, Leon Garcia, Talomo Poblacion, Matina Crossing, Panacan, 22-C, Cabantian, 51-A, Catalunan Grande, Toril Poblacion, Matina Aplaya, Tigatto, Indangan, 21-C, Angliongto Sr, Mintal, Tacunan, Paciano Bangoy, Agdao Proper, San Antonio, Daliao, Ilang, 8-A, Pampanga, 20-B, Tibungco, Vicente Hizon, Baliok, 26-C, Wilferedo Aquino,  Centro, 25-C, Communal, Bago Aplaya, Bunawan, Matina Pangi, Bago Gallera, Calinan, Mandug, Talomo Proper, Sto. Niño, 37-D, Lizada, Lapu-Lapu, 11-B, Catalunan Pequeño, 31-D, Governor Vicente Duterte, Dumoy, 10-A, Rafael Castillo, 9-A, 28-C, Bago Oshiro, 27-C, Lubogan, 2-A, and 7-A.

Tracing the contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients remains a daunting task. 

However, she thanked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for providing 1,400 contact tracers who will be trained to hasten the job at hand. 

But she hopes that the Davao QR (quick response) code system, which is currently under pilot testing with the city government of Davao, will fast track the contact tracing once it is fully operational.

Duterte also reiterated the risk of transmission in crowded places or confined and closes spaces such as offices and spaces with poor air ventilation. 

She also urged Dabawenyos to only  leave their homes for essential needs such as food, hospital, medicines, money, work, and shelter. CIO