Six areas in NCR, Cebu register virus spikes
The Department of Health (DOH) is watching six areas in the country which recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire.
Vergeire said these areas include Cebu City, Cebu province, cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu in Cebu, Quezon City and the City of Manila.
“Ito iyong top 6 na tinututukan namin dahil sila iyong nakapagtala ng maraming kaso ng COVID-19 the past week,” Vergeire said in a virtual forum.
Vergeire, however, clarified that the nationwide case doubling rate remains beyond seven days at at 7.7 days, and that only 60% of the country’s critical care facilities are occupied.
Aside from the six apparent hotspots, Vergeire said the backlogs in COVID-19 test results yet to be released by laboratories have also reached 8,000 as of July 4.
Vergeire said that the laboratories’ lack of encoders is a huge factor in accumulating backlogs.
“Kulang po kasi ang encoders, kaya iyong laboratoratories, iyong kanilang med tech at ibang staff, sila na rin iyong gumagawa ng report ng encoders,” Vergeire said.
“We also have a 6 p.m. na deadline. Nagkakaroon ng problema kasi iyong iba they submit beyond that, kaya magme-meeting kami bukas with laboratories to discuss the enforcement of deadlines of submissions,” Vergeire added.
The Philippines recorded 44,254 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday. Of this number, 11,942 recovered while 1,297 died.
Over 11,000 COVID-19 cases which are asymptomatic and mild cases are also under home quarantine as of the moment based on DOH records.
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