OCTA sees Davao City, Western Visayas as among COVID-19 epicenters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 9) — Independent research group OCTA said Wednesday that Davao City is currently among the COVID-19 epicenters in the country due to its increasing number of coronavirus cases. This, despite caution from the Department of Health on the use of the term epicenter.

OCTA Research fellow Guido David said Davao City joins Western Visayas as well as NCR Plus -- which includes the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal -- in the list of areas under this classification.

"From our perspective, we could say na it (Davao City) is also one of the epicenters ngayon (now) along with Western Visayas," David said in a briefing.

David said Davao City has overtaken Quezon City in terms of new cases recorded, which OCTA earlier projected would happen. "Nangyari na nga siya (It has already happened)," David said.

For her part, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters earlier in the day that "Davao City is not an epicenter," but one of the "flagged areas" because of rising cases and hospitalizations.

Vergeire said DOH discourages the use of epicenter in describing increased cases in an area since some use the term to refer to the source of infection.

She added that using it "detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by COVID-19."