A research group has sounded the alarm on the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Metro Manila, which saw an average of 900 infections daily from the virus in the past week.
In a March 5 report, Octa Research said Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila in the past week was 50 percent higher than what was reported from February 19 to 25, and 119 percent higher from two weeks ago.
Octa added the positivity rate for Covid-19 infections in Metro Manila increased to 7 percent over the past seven days, and continues to rise by one percentage point a week. Meanwhile, the reproduction number, or R-naught, is at 1.47.
It said that the surge in Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila might have been from a “new and more contagious and lethal variants that could overwhelm the region if left unabated in the next few weeks,” but added this needs to be confirmed by genome sequencing.
Octa was referring to the Covid-19 variants from the United Kingdom and South Africa that are believed to be more infectious.
Among the localities in Metro Manila, the research group said Quezon City, Pasay City, Manila, and Makati City posted increases in their average daily cases, with Pasay having the highest at 150 new infections per day since the surge in August 2020. Pasay has already imposed a lockdown in at least 55 of its barangays.
However, “marginal” increases in Covid-19 cases were seen in Marikina and Las Pinas. SOVEREIGNPH