The Department of Health (DOH) has reclassified the Philippines’ Covid-19 risk level to “moderate” based on the declining number of cases from the virus.
At a news conference at the Palace news conference on Monday, DOH Epidemiology Bureau director Dr. Alethea De Guzman said the country’s Covid-19 cases fell by 4 percent over the past two weeks compared to a positive growth of 27 percent three to four weeks ago.
The Philippines had 161,447 active Covid-19 cases as of September 26. Prior to the reclassification, the Philippines was under “high risk” classification for more than a month.
The areas under moderate risk are Metro Manila and regions 3, 4A, 7,8, 10,11, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; while the Cordillera Administrative Region, regions 1,2,4B, 5, 6,9, 12, and Caraga are still under high risk.
However, the OCTA Research Group said that while the increase in Covid-19 cases has generally slowed down, that of Metro Manila is still at a high risk for Covid-19 infection based on their benchmarking.
OCTA Research said the average daily attack rate (Adar) remained critical in several parts of Metro Manila, with 30 newly infected persons per 100,000 overall.
For its part, DOH said the national average daily attack rate stood is 17.12 cases per 100,000 population during September 13 to 26, which is lower than the 17.80 cases of August 30 to September 12.