Two Zamboanga Peninsula areas top DOH list of places with new COVID-19 cases

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ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY, PHILIPPINES

While COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City, the two areas have topped the list of provinces and highly-urbanized and independent cities outside the National Capital Region (NCR) with new cases on Monday, December 20.

Zamboanga del Sur along with Zamboanga City had 17 new cases on Monday, according to the data released by the Department of Health (DOH).

Other areas in Mindanao included in the DOH’s list of Top 10 provinces and cities with new cases were South Cotabato with General Santos City with five new cases.

The following provinces and cities comprised the list of Top 10 areas in terms of new cases are the following: Zamboanga del Sur with Zamboanga City; Cavite; Rizal; Cebu with Cebu City, Lapulapu City, and Mandaue City; Pangasinan with Dagupan City; Negros Occidental with Bacolod City; Pampanga with Angeles City; South Cotabato with General Santos City; Tarlac; and Batangas.

Of the 10 areas, only Tarlac has registered a positive two-week growth rate at 2.86% with 11.65 active cases per 100,000-population.

Zamboanga del Sur with Zamboanga City have registered a negative two-week growth rate at -68.75%.

While at the eighth place nationwide, South Cotabato with General Santos City logged the highest active cases per 100,000-population at 22.12.

Zamboanga City has remained relentless in its drive against COVID-19 by enforcing the minimum health protocols.

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has recorded 57 violations of health protocols on December 20 and December 21. These violations include the non-observance of physical distancing, curfew violations, non-wearing of face mask, and unauthorized persons outside of their residence.The city government has also suspended all Christmas parties for all government offices. – The Sun Monitor

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