DAVAO City has recorded its lowest Covid-19 daily positivity rate so far at 0.2 percent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said in a radio interview on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, that the data is as of November 28
Schlosser said the city has registered its lowest positivity rate since the first wave of cases was recorded in March 2020, signifying a continuous downtrend of Covid-19 cases.
Having a positivity rate of less than five percent for the last two weeks is one of the indicators that an epidemic is controlled.
Positivity rate or percent positive is the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that come out positive. The positivity rate will be high if the number of those tested who yield positive results are high, or if the number of total tests is too low. A higher percent positive suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Public Health.
According to the Department of Health-Davao Region data as of November 30, Davao City only logged 15 new cases, bringing the total active cases to 156. This is a huge improvement to the over 5,000 active cases recorded in September this year.
The official highly attributed the decline of active cases to the large number of vaccinated Dabawenyos.
According to the Davao City Vaccination Cluster as of November 19, the city has already administered 1,010,811 first doses, while 908,101 second doses have already been administered.
However, the official feared that there might be a surge of cases in the first quarter of 2022 following the Holiday season.
“Padayon gyud ang pagbaba sa (We can see a continuous downtrend of) cases, and hopefully within this Holiday season, dili ta maka-massive spread (there won’t be any massive spread of the virus),” Schlosser said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.
She discouraged the public from doing mass gatherings this Christmas season in line with the emergence of the Omicron variant, which is regarded as a highly infectious variant of the Covid-19.
“We are discouraging high-risk behaviours. Kanang mga (Those) unnecessary gatherings. Pero (But) after all, we’re all Filipinos,” she said, adding that they must comply with the minimum health protocols.
Schlosser also said that aside from intensifying its border control, she said vaccination remains to be the solution to prevent the emergence of any variant.
“Kahit masudlan ta, pero kumpleto ta, bakunado ta, unya naga-follow ta’g minimum health public standards, less likely na mukalat ang Omicron, if in case masudlan ta,” the spokesperson said.
(Even if the Omicron variant will enter the city, knowing that we are completely vaccinated and we abide by minimum health public standards, the Omicron variant would less likely spread in case it would enter.)
Schlosser recently revealed that 136 out of the 182 barangays have zero recorded Covid-19 cases from November 14 to 20.
With the continuing downtrend of cases in the city, Schlosser said the spread of the Covid-19 cases in the city has been controlled.