1,272 barangays hardest hit by COVID-19, says POPCOM

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The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) said Sunday that around 1,272 barangays registered the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

In a statement, POPCOM reported these barangays recorded an average of 137 infections over a span of eight months from September 2020 to April 15, 2021.

It added that 63.4% of barangays in the Philippines reported cases of COVID-19, with 11.5% tallying deaths in the same period.

Some 15,252 communities remained coronavirus-free, the agency added.

POPCOM classified the 1,272 barangays as “high-population density (HD),” with populations ranging from 201 to 999 individuals per hectare. Those with lower COVID-19 cases and populations below 200 persons per hectare are classified as “low-population density (LD)” and “medium-population density (MD)” communities.

Some 1,941 individuals died due to the virus in HD areas, while 3,348 others in LD places. There were around 6,186 casualties recorded in MDs.