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Violations of health procedure prompted a spike in Davao City, according to the executive

The increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city were blamed on social gatherings and other violations of the city’s minimum public health standards (MPHS), according to a health official here on Thursday.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, a spokesperson for the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said the increase was due to social gatherings over the recent Christmas break.

The city had 8,817 active cases as of January 25.

The city has collected a total of 64,561 Covid-19 confirmed cases, 53,918 recoveries, and 1,826 virus-related fatalities since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“It’s straightforward. That is a proven fact. “We shattered the MPHS through social meetings, which is why we see a spike,” Schlosser explained.

She observed that Covid-19 spread more quickly at social events.

“There’s a good probability that Covid-19 cases will not be as prevalent as they are currently if we follow social distancing, wearing face masks all the time, and then hand hygiene,” Schlosser added.

Gatherings in dwellings with individuals who do not belong to the same household are strictly prohibited during the city’s current Alert Level 3 status.

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte had already advised Dabawenyos to be ‘particularly cautious’ and obey the MPHS because the city is presently witnessing a surge, which she predicted would last through the middle of March.

The mayor stated that the additional instances show evidence of transmission within homes, noting that the majority of the new cases were asymptomatic and moderate.

“It’s the expected length or period of our surge (through mid-March),” Schlosser added, “but that could alter depending on our conduct.”

She emphasized the importance of contact tracing and testing for those who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, as well as the isolation of Covid-19 positive patients and quarantining of close contacts.

“These techniques and principles must be followed if we want the surge to end sooner,” Schlosser added.

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