Last week Davao City had taken over Quezon City as the region with the highest average number of new daily cases, according to the OCTA Research group.
Health department data showed that from June 1 to 7, Davao City had logged an average of 213 new daily cases, signifying a 44% increase from its average daily number of 147 new cases the week before.
Quezon City, on the other hand, logged only 207 new daily cases, which was a 27% drop from its tally of 283 the preceding week.
Data also reported that Davao’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) was 11.71 infections per 100,000, which was well above the high-risk threshold of 10 infections per 100,000, prompting Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to submit to the Inter-Agency Task Force a request to place her territory under modified enhanced community quarantine.
Despite this surge, the Department of Health said that the area cannot yet be called the new epicenter of the virus.
“We discourage the use of the term ‘epicenter’ in describing the rise of cases in an area,” said health undersecretary Rosario Vergeire. “[Epidemic epicenters] “connote the area as a hotspot for the infection [but may be] interpreted by some to refer to an area as the source of the infection.”
“Using the term ‘epicenter’ detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by Covid19,” she added.
Eleven areas outside Metro Manila were also identified as local government units of concern because of a rise in cases, high ADAR and high hospitalization or ICU bed utilization rates: Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Tuguegarao and Butuan.