Davao City logs 14 active post-election Covid-19 cases

By Christine Cudis

May 16, 2022, 7:19 pm

<p>Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte.<em> (Photo courtesy of the City Government of Davao)</em></p>

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte. (Photo courtesy of the City Government of Davao)

DAVAO CITY – Following the recent elections here, the city government recorded 14 active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here as of May 13.

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, in Monday's interview via the Davao City Disaster Radio, said of the new cases, 12 are asymptomatic and one is identified as moderate and the other, severe.

"Our hospitals here can manage that figure," she said.

The mayor expressed hope that the cases will be kept low as authorities continue to monitor the city's Covid-19 cases after the local campaigns and elections—events considered as "super spreaders.”

"My fearless forecast is that our low Covid-19 cases will continue. If it increases, it will mostly be asymptomatic and mild cases," she said.

Duterte, however, pointed at the "lack of urgency" of Dabawenyos as manifested by the low turnout of the city's booster vaccination rollout.

As of May 13, the city logged a total of 1,33,0176 first dose vaccinations and 1,312,211 second doses of fully vaccinated people.

Of the 1,312,211 who received the two primary doses, only 254,679 received their first booster jabs.

Of the 254,679 Dabawenyos administered with the first booster dose, only 2,805 returned to the vaccination hubs for their second booster shots.

"My assessment on the people's behavior is that they don't have the sense of urgency as they are not seeing deaths as Covid-19 cases are not increasing," Duterte said.

The city's vaccination cluster provides mobile vaccinations to reach more far-flung barangays whose majority of residents are yet to get themselves vaccinated.

Vaccination hubs in shopping malls and outdoor parks have also extended their operations to Saturdays to accommodate the working class.

The authorities also went as far as giving out a kilo of rice to attract the public to get booster doses. (PNA)