DOH: Metro Manila is still COVID-19 epicenter

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Despite the rising number of cases of coronavirus disease in Cebu City, Metro Manila remains as the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

“For now, it is still NCR (National Capital Region) and Cebu City is one of the hotspots or areas of specific focus now for DOH,” Health spokespeson Maria Rosario Vergeire said, citing experts.

Vergeire made the clarification after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año was quoted as saying that Cebu City — where the viral disease has spread to 4,639 people — has become the new COVID-19 epicenter.

However, the official said this classification is subject to reevaluation after two weeks.

The government has placed Cebu City back to a stricter enhanced community quarantine until June 30 to slow down the COVID-19 transmission there. Meanwhile, Metro Manila is under general community quarantine.

Emerging from Metro Manila five months ago, the new coronavirus has been caught by 37,514 people nationwide, according to government data. As of Tuesday, 1,266 individuals have died while 10,233 have gotten well. 

DOH said most or 95.6 percent of the infections have displayed mild symptoms of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV 2.