The average daily cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the National Capital Region and its four surrounding provinces, called NCR Plus, dropped following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), OCTA Research said on Friday.
OCTA Research, a group of independent researchers from the University of the Philippines, noted that the average number of daily Covid-19 cases decreased to 4,899 in Metro Manila from March 25 to April 1.
The latest figure, the group said, is 19-percent higher than the previous week but “much lower compared to previous weekly increases of 60 percent.”
OCTA attributed the significant decline to the imposition of ECQ, the most restrictive community quarantine classification, in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.
“The ECQ had a greater effect in reducing the reproduction number compared to the GCQ (general community quarantine),” OCTA Research’s statement said.
On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte retained the ECQ status over NCR Plus until April 4.
OCTA Research said Covid-19 infection growth rate in NCR Plus declined to “40 percent or less.”
“[The result] indicates that the interventions imposed by the national government, in particular the ECQ, were effective in slowing the growth of the pandemic in NCR Plus,” it said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admitted Tuesday that there is a “50-50” chance of extending ECQ in Metro Manila Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will meet Saturday to discuss the possible extension of the ECQ in NCR Plus. SOVEREIGNPH