Task Force vs. COVID-19 notes rising cases in some areas in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — Some areas in the country tallied increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez reported to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

Galvez mentioned Ilagan City, Baguio City, and Bukidnon which recorded high COVID-19 infections for the last two weeks.

"Governor Albano called that he placed Ilagan City under enhanced community quarantine. Baguio also have increased cases for the last two weeks. We also saw a rise in cases in Bukidnon," Galvez said during the weekly Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting.

Based on the data from the Department of Health, Baguio City recorded 450 cases from Oct 1-14. The country's 'summer capital' had 197 cases from Oct. 1-7 and 253 cases from Oct. 8-14.

Meanwhile, Bukidnon had 142 additional COVID-19 cases from Oct 1-14. Some 99 cases were tallied from Oct. 1-7 and 43 cases from Oct. 8-14.

Ilagan City in Isabela province tallied 155 cases from Oct. 1-14, an increase from the previous 108 infections recorded from June to September.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer added the Mindanao region, especially in its southern part, has increasing cases for the last 14 days. The specific places and figures were not clear as the video of the President's weekly national address did not show the graph presented by Galvez to support his claims.

Galvez added National Capital Region, Region 4-A or CALABARZON region, and Region 3 or Central Luzon region have decreasing number of COVID-19 cases for the past two-week time frame.

Based on DOH data, NCR had 7,465 cases in the past 14 days which is down from the average 10,000 cases in the same period in the previous months. Region 4-A tallied 5,563 new COVID-19 infections while Region 3 seen 1,919 new cases in the past two weeks.

"I'm happy to know there is an improvement in all aspects. In the fight against COVID-19, it means we are working we are succeeding and everybody is putting their effort sweat in their work," Duterte said.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' Rico Hizon, infectious diseases expert Dr. Benjamin Co supported Galvez' assumption on the decreasing number of cases in NCR, further explaining that most infections are backlogs or cases that occurred from March to September.

As of Monday afternoon, the country now has a total of 359,169 confirmed COVID-19 cases where 42,191 of which are active infections. Some 6,675 individuals died and 310,303 patients recovered from the virus.