Independent research monitor OCTA Research says that three key cities in the provinces have improved their COVID status. Bacolod, Cebu, and Mandaue are now “high risk” after previously being “very high risk.” OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David shared data on Twitter covering highly urbanized cities in Visayas. Lapu-Lapu, Ormoc, and Tacloban were previously lowered to high-risk status. The improvements in the respective Philippine COVID growth rates of these Visayan cities bodes well in their battle against the coronavirus.
OCTA Research reports that the Philippine COVID rates in Cebu, Mandaue, and Bacolod have improved in a matter of days. The three cities are now classified as high risk. They were previously marked as very high risk. They join Lapu-Lapu, Ormoc, and Tacloban at the lower status but Iloilo City remains very high risk. The Omicron spike seems to have already hit the country as positive numbers continue to decrease. More vaccinations and continuous observance of health protocols are necessary to keep the numbers dwindling further.