A research group monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic said on Saturday that the number of Covid-19 cases has started to increase in Metro Manila as the holidays just came to a close.
The OCTA Research Group said that there were 554 new Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila on Thursday, and 404 on Friday, which are higher than the 320 average new cases recorded in the metropolis from December 26, 2020.
“This leads us to expect an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the first week of January 2021 as testing centers resume normal operations,” the team said.
It was last December 23 that OCTA Research said that it was “very possible” for Metro Manila to record 4,000 new Covid-19 cases daily if residents of the metropolis won’t follow the necessary health protocols during the holidays.
Dr. Guido David of the OCTA Research Group said then that there was already a surge of Covid-19 cases is in its early stages in Metro Manila, especially in Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and Quezon City.
“If the number of cases keeps on increasing, it’s very possible that we will hit 4,000 cases per day in Metro Manila sometime in January and February, and we want to prevent that,” he said in Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH