The case fatality rate (CFR) of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) had a significant decrease since the beginning of the year, OCTA Research reported Saturday.
In its latest monitoring, the group said the fatality rate dropped to 0.78 percent from June to July 6, down from the 1.06 percent recorded from January to March 31, 2021.
“This means there are now less than one out of every 100 Covid-19 cases dying due to Covid,” it said.
In 2020, OCTA Research recorded a 2.32 percent CFR in NCR, which meant more than two out of 100 cases died of the disease.
OCTA Research observed a decrease in CFR for senior citizens 60 years old and above, from 5.87 percent (January-March) to 4.29 percent from June to July 6.
The fatality rate for those aged 50 to 59 is also down from 1.61 percent to 1.21 percent during the same period. The decrease was also seen among those in the age bracket of 40 to 49 where the death rate is down by 60 percent from 0.62 percent to 0.37 percent.
The CFR, meanwhile, increased among those age 17 and below from 0.07 percent to 0.20 percent, indicating that one out of 500 cases below 18 years old dies due to Covid-19.
People age 18 to 39, on the other hand, remained the same at 0.13 percent.
OCTA Research said the drop may be attributed to the improvements in treatment and management of Covid-19, including in efforts of health care workers as well as the national and local government in scaling up hospital capacity and equipment.
“[T]he decrease in CFR for ages 40 and above within 2021 may be, at least in part, attributed to vaccination efforts, which began its rollout on March 2021,” it said.
It noted that the inoculation of Filipinos, especially those in the A1 to A3 priority group has helped reduce deaths.
In the same bulletin, it cited the high percentage of severe and critical cases among people age 50 and above, underscoring the importance of prioritizing and accelerating the vaccination of older people.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country has so far inoculated 12.9 million people since it started its vaccination rollout.