Dr. Guido David of the OCTA Research Group shared in a Tweet on January 19, 2022, that the number of COVID-19 cases in several Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) has increased. Guido stated in his tweet that “while growth rates have slowed in NCR Plus, they are still accelerating in many HUCs outside NCR Plus.”

Data shared by Dr. Guido showed new cases reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on January 18, 2022, one-week growth rate, and Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) per 100,000 population from January 12-18.

The OCTA Research data further states, a 10 percent growth rate of cases was registered in NCR, with a 2.07 infection rate.

Meanwhile, OCTA monitored “very high” one-week growth rates in Tacloban, with 469 percent; Cebu City with 378 percent; Davao City, 305 percent; Iloilo City with 281 percent; Baguio City, 269 percent; Cagayan de Oro City with 261 percent growth; Zamboanga City, 235 percent; General Santos, 189 percent; Naga City 188 percent; Bacolod City 183 percent; Lapu-Lapu City, 182 percent; Santiago City 163 percent; Dagupan City has 120 percent, Lucena City with 105 percent; Angeles City with 72 percent; and Olongapo City with 68 percent.

Of all the HUCs Baguio City recorded the highest ADAR with 130.56. DZUP

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