COVID cases up in CDO, Puerto Princesa, Zambo and Bacolod cities

The OCTA Research Group on Sunday identified four areas of concern amid the spike in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

In an interview over DZMM, OCTA Research Group fellow, Professor Guido David identified the areas of concern as Cagayan de Oro City, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga City and Bacolod City.

“These areas are experiencing an abrupt increase in the COVID cases, so definitely, they are areas of concern,” David said.

David added that OCTA has yet to determine the cause of the spike since cases in Metro Manila are on the downward trend.

“We still have no data on the ground, that’s why we cannot still say what are the causes of the spike. In Zamboanga City, the spike is being experienced for a few weeks now. This means, the COVID cases are not slowing down. The local government should do something about it,” David added.

According to David, the concerned LGUs should be able to control the spread as their areas are smaller compared to big metropolitan cities like the National Capital Region (NCR), Cebu and Davao City.

“Usually, based on our history, smaller LGUs can immediately control the situation. It is not yet alarming despite the spike but there is a need to bring down the cases,” he said.

David explained that the local transmission in the four areas of concern did not come from Metro Manila and other areas covered by the NCR plus since travel outside the bubble is still being prohibited.

“The bubble is actually a good idea as we are also protecting the community. It is possible that there were international travelers like returning Filipinos who arrived in these four areas who may be the source of local transmission,” he noted.

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