OCTA: Mindanao sees improving COVID-19 trend, Western Visayas remains a 'serious concern'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — Independent research group OCTA is seeing an improvement in the coronavirus situation in Mindanao, but it sounded the alarm regarding Western Visayas.

OCTA Fellow Guido David said on Thursday that while Davao City can be considered as the "center" of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mindanao, the group is witnessing a "slowdown" in the trend in the entire island.

"On a happy note, nakita naman natin na medyo nag-slow down na 'yung trend ng pandemic, especially sa Mindanao and even sa Davao City," he told CNN Philippines' Balitaan.

[Translation: On a happy note, we have seen that the pandemic trend has slowed down, especially in Mindanao and even in Davao City.]

On Wednesday, David said in a virtual briefing that Davao City has already overtaken Quezon City in terms of new cases recorded daily.

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He noted that the average daily attack rate in Davao City is at 10.4, higher than Quezon City's 6.

David described the situation in Western Visayas, however, as a "serious concern."

"Well, sa Western Visayas, talagang of serious concern 'yan because hindi lang tumataas ang cases pero mataas na rin ang healthcare utilization nila," he said.

[Translation: Well, in Western Visayas, that's really of serious concern because not only are the cases increasing but their healthcare utilization is also high.]

For instance, he said the average daily attack rate in Iloilo City is at 26. The city's ICU utilization, he added, is "almost 100%."

"So it's very serious. Comparison sa Davao City, the healthcare utilization is below 60% so they still have available rooms sa hospitals nila. In terms of relative seriousness, mas serious... 'yung nasa Western Visayas," David explained.

[Translation: So it's very serious. Compared to Davao City where the healthcare utilization is below 60%, so they still have available rooms in their hospitals. In terms of relative seriousness, the situation in Western Visayas is considered more serious.]

In its latest report released on Friday, covering June 4-10 average daily cases, OCTA said there was a downward trend in Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga City.

However, Dumaguete and Tacloban in Central and Eastern Visayas, respectively, continue to see a spike in cases.

The research group branded Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo City, Dumaguete, Butuan, Tuguegarao, Cotabato City, and Tacloban as "areas of concern."