COVID-19 is moving to high-density, poor residential areas in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines

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We describe three waves of COVID-19 infections in Manila. First, imported cases among Chinese nationals; second, infections amongst Filipinos residing in less densely populated areas; and third, infections amongst Filipinos residing in high-density areas. We highlight this using admissions data from the National Infectious Diseases hospital in Manila.

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2021-01-08

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COVID-19: Letter to the Editor