Cotabato, Iligan now ‘moderate risk’ for COVID-19, says OCTA

Cotabato and Iligan, two of the highly-urbanized cities (HUCs) in Mindanao, are now classified as “moderate risk,” but the rest of the HUCs in the region are still classified as “high risk” for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an OCTA Research fellow said on Thursday, Feb. 10.

(Image courtesy of Dr. Guido David)

OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David, in a Twitter post, said that as of Wednesday, Feb. 9, two HUCs in Mindanao namely Cotabato and Iligan City were classified as “moderate risk” for COVID-19.

Cotabato City has an average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 5.57 while Iligan City has 5.68.

Among the HUCs classified as “high risk” were Zamboanga City (14.97), General Santos (12.66), Davao City (13.61), Cagayan de Oro (11.77), and Butuan (10.48).

David said that with the observed downward trend, the aforementioned cities may be classified as “moderate risk” by next week. However, despite the moderate risk classification of some cities in Mindanao, the positivity rate of all HUCs remained “very high.”

“With the observed downward trends in these cities, we expect most of them to be at moderate risk by next week. Compliance with health protocols is advised,” said David.