The Department of Health Davao Region (DOH-Davao) reported Wednesday 61 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region bringing the total number of active cases to 2,688.

Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown, reported 45 new cases while 12 are from Davao del Norte, three are from Davao del Sur, and one from Davao Oriental. These are all local transmission cases.

DOH-Davao also reported 6 deaths for the day. Four were reported from Davao del Norte and two from Davao City.

In a bit of good news, the region also recorded 94 recoveries today. Among these, 80 are from Davao City, five are from Davao de Oro, four are from Davao del Norte, three are from Davao del Sur and two are from Davao Oriental.

Davao City and Davao del Norte were placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) by President Duterte last Monday, November 30.

Other areas placed under GCQ were Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur and Iligan.

The rest of the country will be under the modified general community quarantine, which is the loosest quarantine restriction in the country.

Prior to the president’s declaration, Davao City had been reverted to GCQ on November 20 after experiencing a sharp increase in new Covid-19 cases. Prior to the declaration, the Davao Medical Society called for the placing of the city under a two-week city-wide lockdown to arrest the rising number of Covid-19 cases and to give local medical frontliners a breather.

(Read: “Ceasefire muna tayo!” – Davao Medical Association calls for lockdown due to rising Covid-19 cases in city)

On the other hand, Metro Manila has been under GCQ since June 1. It reverted to a stricter quarantine classification in two weeks in August.  Rommel F. Lopez