Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

A health official on Monday reported a decrease in the average daily attack rate (ADAR) of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the past two weeks.

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In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the ADAR in the region from April 18-May 1 is 25 cases for every 100,000 individuals as compared to 34 cases from April 4-17.

“In February, we were only three cases per 100,000 population. During the peak of this surge, we’re seeing 34 which is an eleven-fold increase in our attack rate,” Vergeire said.

However, the current ADAR is still beyond the seven cases per 100,000 individuals’ threshold the government has set for high-risk classification.

Vergeire said this range of ADAR “can still overwhelm the health system.”

In epidemiology, the attack rate is the percentage of an at-risk population that contracts a disease during a specified time interval.

To strengthen the country’s health system capacity, the government increased the number of beds dedicated for use of patients with Covid-19 in public and private hospitals to 33,628 and intensive care unit beds to 2,849.

Vergeire also reported that the national growth rate of Covid-19 cases has improved, from 11 percent four weeks ago to the current -15 percent two-week growth rate. SOVEREIGNPH

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