Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

The group monitoring the coronavirus pandemic 2019 (Covid-19) in the Philippines is sounding the alarm over rising deaths from Covid-19, especially in the National Capital Region (NCR).

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A special report from OCTA Research showed that the case fatality rate (CFR) in NCR has risen to 2.02 percent, compared to 1.8 percent in October 2020.

“This means a higher percentage of people are dying due to Covid-19,” the group said.

OCTA Research that with NCR having 100,250 active cases, this means 2.091 will die based on the 2.02-percent CFR.

They added the CFR differs among age groups, with those aged 65 years old and above the highest at 12.82 percent as of April 10.

Those in the 60-64 age group had a mortality rate of 6.34 percent; 3.54 percent for those aged 55 to 59; and 0.66 percent for those aged 18 to 55.

On a positive note, the reproduction number of Covid cases in NCR decreased to 1.24 from April 4 to 10, a week after the imposition of enhanced community quarantine.

The average number of new coronavirus cases in NCR is at 4,676, which OCTA Research said was “15 percent lower compared to the previous week.” SOVEREIGNPH

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