The surge in new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in some parts of Mindanao and Visayas will probably linger for at least a month, said Wednesday by the experts from OCTA Research group.

 “Usually mga at least one month inaabot ng surge sa isang locality. For a small LGU, usually one month at least pero sometimes it could take up to two months even with heightened restrictions,” Professor Guido David of OCTA said in a virtual briefing.

Due to the high number of infections, the OCTA group tagged in their monitoring report on Monday the cities of Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Koronadal, Cotabato, and Davao as “areas of concern”.

Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in having the highest average number of daily Covid-19 cases.

Prof. Ranjit Rye said that if the increase of infection will not be immediately addressed, this would result in high hospital occupancy rates.

 “Ang panawagan namin sa national government, magpadala na tayo ng tao diyan, magpadala na tayo ng equipment, magpadala na tayo ng suporta natin dito sa mga lugar na ‘to,” he exclaimed.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said more vaccines will be distributed and additional health facilities would be set up in areas facing an increase of infections. 

Health workers from Metro Manila will be deployed to other regions as well.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines reported 1,286,217 Covid-19 infections with 1,210,027 recoveries and 22,190 fatalities. Ronald Espartinez