Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (file photo)

The Davao City Government wants to be under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 5 to 30, 2021 as it experiences a surge in Covid-19 cases.

In an advisory posted in its official Facebook page, the city government said they already forwarded their request to the IATF-Regional Task Force (IATF-RTF) “to allow a circuit breaker in the surge of patients inside hospitals.”

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio justified her request to place the city under MECQ by presenting the high number of Covid-19 cases in the city in her letter addressed to Undersecretary Epimaco Desing III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and chairman of the IATF-EID Screening and Validation Committee.

“As of May 31, 2021, we have a total of 1,665 active cases currently admitted at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and our Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities and Isolation Facilities,” she said.

She added that the city logged in almost a thousand cases from May 23-29, 2021.  The city recorded its highest single-day caseload on June 1 with 338 new cases.

As of June 2, Davao City has 2013 active cases while its total Covid-19 caseload jumped to 17,528.

As of May 31, Davao City’s SPMC reported that its 77 intensive care unit (ICU) beds have been fully occupied.  It added that 293 out of its 312 ward beds are also occupied.

Private hospitals in the city, namely, Brokenshire Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital and Metro Davao Medical and Research Center have also started admitting Covid-19 patients.

President Rodrigo Duterte said recently that Davao City will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 30, 2021. – Rommel F. Lopez