COVID-19

Northern Mindanao, Davao top regions in south with most new COVID-19 cases

Herbie Gomez
Northern Mindanao, Davao top regions in south with most new COVID-19 cases
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao meanwhile has the least number of new COVID-19 cases of Mindanao's six administrative regions

Northern Mindanao and Davao topped the list of Mindanao regions with the most number of new COVID-19 infections as of Friday, June 4, Department of Health (DOH) data showed.

Data culled by Rappler also showed that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) had the least number of new COVID-19 cases of Mindanao’s six administrative regions.

The number of new COVID-19 infections all over Mindanao – which was less than 2,000 a day on the average as of Friday – was “not as high” compared to that of the National Capital Region (NCR).

Nonetheless, Mindanao has outpaced the “NCR Plus” areas in terms of new infections, according to the June 3 COVID-19 National Situationer presented by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

COVID-19 cases in the Mindanao Regions

“While cases are not as high, (COVID-19 infections in) all Mindanao regions (are) increasing at a fast rate,” read part of Vergeire’s presentation.

DOH data showed Northern Mindanao with the most number of new infections at 429 on Friday. This was closely followed by the Davao region, which registered 409 on the same day.

COVID-19 cases also surged in Soccsksargen and the Zamboanga Peninsula, two Mindanao regions outpacing each other for the third spot, based on Vergeire’s chart.

As of this posting, there was no available data from the DOH office in the Zamboanga Peninsula on new cases there on Friday, but the western Mindanao region registered 247 new infections on Wednesday, June 2.

Soccsksargen, meanwhile, counted 378 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Vergeire’s chart showed new infections surging in Caraga in late May, but taking a plunge in the first days of June. The DOH office in Caraga has yet to show its Friday data on new COVID-19 cases as of this posting, but the Eastern Mindanao region had 267 new cases on Wednesday.

The DOH chart also showed BARMM, a special region given more autonomy by the government, having the least number of cases of the six regions in the country’s second largest island.

BARMM’S Ministry of Health reported 100 newly documented COVID-19 infections on Thursday, June 3, in the region’s 5 provinces and some parts of Cotabato province, and 3 cities. – Rappler.com