91% of COVID-19 cases in Davao City are unvaccinated — Mayor Sara

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021   •   50

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of COVID-19 cases recorded in Davao City last week have not received anti-coronavirus vaccines, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said.

In a statement, Duterte said that 91.13 percent of the city’s 3,304 cases from Sept. 5 to 11 were unvaccinated while 8.86 percent are vaccinated.

Of the 293 vaccinated COVID-19 cases, she said 148 received Sinovac shots, 72 got AstraZeneca, 62 got Pfizer, six with Moderna, four got Johnson & Johnson, and one had Sputnik.

Duterte-Carpio said most of the vaccines rolled out in the city were Sinovac, which explains the recorded number of cases and the brand they received.

She also stressed that all of the vaccinees who contracted COVID-19 only manifested mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.

Makita nato numbers ni sya nga gikuha nato sa positive cases nato sa COVID-19. Dunay dako nga diperensya kung vaccinated ka o unvaccinated ka. This should guide us nga magdecide magpabakuna na,” Duterte-Carpio said in an interview over the city-run radio station on Monday.

(We see the numbers of our COVID-19 positive cases. There is a big difference if you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. This should guide us to decide to get inoculated.)

Meanwhile, from September 5 to 11, Davao City logged 59 deaths. Of this number, 55 or 93.22 percent were unvaccinated while four or 6.77 were vaccinated.

Of the four vaccinated deaths, two got Sinovac jabs while the other two received Pfizer shots. Some vaccinated individuals who either become severe or critical COVID-19 cases and eventually die, usually have not completed their second doses.

Dili na ta kinahanglan mupili og bakuna because there’s that chance sa tanang klase sa bakuna nga magpositive gihapon ka sa COVID-19,” Mayor Sara said.

(We don’t need to choose a vaccine brand because there’s that chance that all kinds of vaccines will still not prevent you from getting infected with COVID-19.)

Ang importante lang dapat masabtan sa tanan dili ta severe or critical case nga kinahanglan ta musulod dinha sa ospital og magpakitabang sa atong mga doctors og mga health care workers nga overwhelmed na, gikapoy na sila, wala na silay pahulay, nangahadlok na sila. And in fact, very recently, namatyan sila diha sa SPMC og health care worker,” she added.

(What’s important is for everybody to understand that we won’t be a severe or critical case that would need to be hospitalized and get help from our doctors and health care workers who are already overwhelmed, tired, without rest, and scared. Just recently, an SPMC health care worker died.)

Duterte-Carpio also stressed the need for people to understand that with the COVID-19 response, the hospitals need not be overwhelmed since hospital beds, oxygen tanks, doctors, and nurses can no longer take more patients.

Magpabakuna ba ko bisag there is a chance nga mag positive ko? Yes! Kay makatabang nga dili ka maging severe or critical case,” she said.

(Will I still get vaccinated even if there is a chance that I’ll be infected with COVID-19? Yes! Because it would help you not to become a severe or critical case.)

She also reminded the public not to be complacent and to continue adhering to social distancing, and other public health protocols since 90 percent of the city’s population has yet to be vaccinated.

As of September 12, Davao City has logged 8,700 active cases of the total 43,039 COVID-19 cases since March 2020 with 33,027 total recoveries and 1,312 deaths.

Mayor Sara urges supporters to back President Duterte’s VP bid

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has called on the public to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s vice presidential bid in the upcoming 2022 elections.

The presidential daughter made the call as she reiterated her earlier stand that she will not run for president after her father formally accepted the nomination as the vice presidential bet of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

“Mayroong kaming maayos na kasunduan ni Pangulong Duterte sa aming kani-kaniyang karera sa pulitika. Ibigay po natin sa kanya ang pinakamalakas natin na suporta sa kanyang desisyon na tumakbong vice president,” she said in a video message posted on her official social media account.

Mayor Sara earlier said she will not seek a national position in next year’s polls, adding that her father’s political plans will not affect her own.

Sara Duterte has consistently topped presidential election surveys.

Several political parties have also declared their support for the mayor should she decide to join the presidential race.

Mayor Sara thanked those who have expressed their support and trust in her capability as a leader.

“Pinapaabot ko ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat sa mahigit kumulang 700 parallel groups na nag-oorganisa para ako ay tumakbong pangulo. Ito ay isang karangalan na hindi nabibili at hindi ibinibigay sa lahat ng pulitiko… Sana ay ituloy natin ang pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan, kahit hindi para sa kandidatura o sa eleksyon,” she said.

Philippines posts 16,989 new COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Wednesday listed 16,989 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide tally of confirmed infections to 2,283,011.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the latest tally pushed the country’s active cases to 170,446 — 85.4 percent of which are mild, 9.8 percent are asymptomatic, 2.77 percent are moderate, 1.4 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

All accredited testing laboratories were in operation on Sept. 13 but four laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The DOH also reported 2,076,823 total recoveries after 24,123 more patients survived the viral disease.

Deaths related to COVID-19 rose to 35,742 with 214 new fatalities.

DOH data also showed that 77 percent of 4,200 ICU beds nationwide are occupied.

Around 69 percent of 20,800 isolation beds in the country are also in use while 73 percent of 16,000 ward beds are occupied.

Data also showed that 57 percent of the more than 3,300 ventilators in the country are being utilized.

In the National Capital Region, 79 percent of the total 1,400 ICU beds are occupied.

Around 66 percent of the 4,400 isolation beds are in use while 73 percent of the 4,500 ward beds are being utilized.

Of the total 1,200 ventilators in the capital region, 61 percent are being used.

The DOH also reported a 25.9 percent COVID-19 positivity rate out of the 57,034 tests conducted on September 13.

Davao City temporary limits COVID-19 swab tests due to lack of kits, lab repair

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

The Davao City government on Tuesday said it has temporarily limited the conduct of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests for close contacts or F1 and individuals with flu-like illnesses (ILI).

In a statement, COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said that Davao City is currently experiencing a limited supply of detection kits.

The molecular laboratory extraction machine that runs swab specimens at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is also under repair.

With this, the free RT-PCR swab testing for individuals who do not fall under F1 and ILI will not be accommodated from Monday, September 13, until further notice.

These include people tagged through the Safe DQR, surveillance and community swabbing for high-risk areas, and individuals who are getting an RT-PCR result for their health certificate.

“Ang atoang unahon is katong mga high risk individuals. Mao ni atoang close contacts or F1, katong naa jud direct contact sa known positive ug katong mga patients nga naga show og Covid-related symptoms. Typically naga positive gyud ni sila so unahon gyud nato sila,” Schlosser said.

(We will be prioritizing high-risk individuals. These are the close contacts or F1, those who are direct contacts of a known positive, and those patients showing Covid-related symptoms. Typically they turn out positive so we prioritize them.)

As the SPMC molecular laboratory is ongoing repair, specimens will be processed through the Los Amigos Molecular laboratory which can only run 450 specimens per day, as supposed to 1,500 specimens per day with the combined capacity of the two (2) molecular laboratories.

The public is also advised to expect a slight delay in the turnaround time of swab results.

In the meantime, Schlosser said that individuals may opt to go to a private COVID-19 laboratory at their own expense should they need an RT-PCR test result.

She assured residents that this will only be temporary and that the city is doing all it can to secure additional supplies.

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