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No new virus cases, but region’s figures not peaking yet – DOH XI

There are now 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Based on the Department of Health XI records as of April 6, the city still has 65 confirmed cases with 11 deaths and 17 recoveries, Davao del Norte has nine, Davao del Sur has two with one recovery, Davao de Oro with one who recovered already, Davao Oriental with three who already recovered, and Davao Occidental still has no confirmed cases.

Of the total, 23 had exposure in Matina Gallera, 19 had histories of travel in Manila, six had a history to other places, 16 were exposed to COVID-19 positive patients, and 16 of them are still under investigation.

Overall, there are 11 deaths and 22 recoveries and 47 are still being treated within the region.

Of these 11 deaths, six had an exposure at Matina Gallera, 19 had histories of travel in Manila, one had exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient, and two are still being investigated.

Dr. Lenny Rivera, DOH XI assistant director, said in a virtual press conference on Monday that the cumulative number of persons under investigation (PUIs) in the region as of April 5 reached 475. Of this number, 381 were discharged and 82 are still admitted.

She also said that the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) reached 15,782 in total. Of this figure, 10,265 were cleared while the remaining 5,517 were still being monitored and observed.

She also said 12 PUI had expired from the disease. But, she said that most of these cases are usually due to co-morbid factors, such as cancer, perforated peptic ulcer, and other diseases.

As of April 6, the DOH recorded no new cases of COVID-19, but she said this does not mean the city is at already at the stage of “flattening the curve.”

“It is too early to say so since we have not yet acquired the real picture of this situation. We still have many things to do,” she said. “But the interventions conducted by DOH is probably really working, that’s why we have a fewer number of additional cases,” she said.

She also cautioned against easing up some of these interventions to avoid a relapse. Instead, the surveillance system should be intensified to ensure that the cases and transmissions will continue to reduce.

The health department also clarified that the numbers have not yet reached their peak.

“(The peak) will only be established when all activities are done to find the cases. We are not successful yet as there are still a lot to do,” Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, DOH XI-Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) medical officer said.

Tabada said that if all cases were identified already, then that will be the time to consider the COVID-19 situation as in its “peak.”

“If we’ve already done the whole thing, then that will be the time that we are in the peak of this situation already, but it takes a while to see the whole trend. We still need more data so that we can compute already all the cases in our locality,” she said.

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