The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,337 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday — as the daily figure remained below 2,000 for ten days already. 

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The total number of confirmed cases in the country is at 413,430, of which, 30,493 are active cases, the DOH latest case report showed. 

It also reported that 286 more patients recovered, raising the total number to 374,939. However, the death toll jumped to 7,998 after 41 more patients died. 

Davao City logged the highest number of newly infected residents with 110 followed by Laguna with 74, Quezon City with 66, Batangas with 54, and City of Manila with 53.

The DOH said that it is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Davao City after it was tagged as a  “hotspot of serious concern” by experts from OCTA Research Team.

“The rise in Davao City is continuous as of this time…Transmission in these areas were identified in communities and closed settings,” the DOH said in a statement. 

It said that the city is currently under “medium risk” based on the average daily attack rate (ADAR) and the two-week growth rate (2WGR). 

The area’s critical care utilization rate is currently at 72 percent, it said. 

“As we open up the economy, we need to closely monitor adherence to minimum health standards in all settings such as in homes, in public, workplaces, but also the importance of health and exposure screening in borders, workplaces, establishments, and other closed settings,” the DOH said. 

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