Davao City records highest single-day COVID-19 cases since 2020

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — Davao City has recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic back in March 2020, independent research group OCTA said on Friday.

The city saw 482 new coronavirus infections on Thursday based on data from the Department of Health.

OCTA said this is the first time the city reported more than 300 cases in a single day. The urban city in Mindanao had a one-week positivity rate of 14% over an average of 3,000 RT-PCR swab tests per day.

The research group also said Davao City's intensive care unit utilization rate has risen to a critical level of 91%.

Davao City is one of the nine areas in the country being prioritized for vaccine allocation due to frequent COVID-19 case spikes.

Meanwhile, OCTA also flagged the increase in new cases in Tagum City in Davao del Norte and Digos City in Davao del Sur.