HIGH RISK AREAS TO BE PLACED UNDER ‘GRANULAR LOCKDOWNS’ NOT STRICTER QUARANTINE
Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the government’s response against COVID-19, said “granular lockdowns,” not stricter quarantine, will be implemented in high-risk areas.
Galvez made the statement after the OCTA Research team advised to implement stricter quarantine classification in 11 areas in the country, including those considered as high-risk.
According to him, the granular lockdown will be complemented with syndromic surveillance, which includes finding COVID-19 cases among the close contacts of infected persons.
In an October 6 report, the OCTA Research team advised the government to implement stricter quarantine classifications in 11 areas, based on the data from August 25 to October 5.
Nine areas are considered high-risk because their daily attack rate per 1000 is greater than 1.0% and their attack rate for the current week is also higher compared to both of the two previous weeks.
According to OCTA Research team, the following are the high-risk areas for COVID-19 that the government should consider placing under stricter quarantine:
Benguet (including Baguio City)
Davao Del Sur (including Davao City),
Iloilo (including Iloilo City)
Misamis Oriental (including Cagayan de Oro)
Pangasinan (including Dagupan)
Zamboanga Del Sur (including Zamboanga City)