Tue. May 17th, 2022

All 16 cities and the lone town in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now under moderate risk classification for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) following the downtrend in reported cases, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.

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In its latest monitoring report, the group noted that the reproduction number in the NCR has decreased to 0.60 as the seven-day average in new cases dropped to 1,847 — 30 percent lower than the previous week’s average.

“The positivity rate in the NCR was 11 percent while the healthcare utilization rate was 49 percent,” it said.

Among the cities, San Juan still has a critical average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 28.68.

ADAR is the number of cases in an area over a period of two weeks divided its population.

Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Pasay, Parañaque, Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, Marikina, Taguig, Pateros, and Mandaluyong have high ADAR ranging from 13 to 21.25.

Meantime, Caloocan, Navotas, Malabon, Manila, and Muntinlupa have moderate ADARs which range from 7.22 to 9.69.

Based on its latest data released on Thursday, the Quezon City government said the city’s Covid-19 infections have considerably decreased, with only 5,596 active cases.

The average new daily cases in QC dropped by 36 percent from 793 to 506 after the number peaked at 1,117 cases from Sept. 12 to 18.

“The projections based on current trends indicate that the daily new cases in Quezon City could decrease to 200 by the end of October,” David said.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is a welcome development, attributing to unrelenting and effective efforts done by the city government to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“Despite the good news, we are far from relaxed. While we are still focused on vaccination, our testing centers, isolation facilities, and hospitals are still accommodating all confirmed and possible cases,” Belmonte said.

Meanwhile, the healthcare utilization of the city is also on a downward trend.

QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) Head Dr. Rolando Cruz reminded the public to remain vigilant, and continue to follow the imposed minimum health and safety protocols.

He also urged residents to immediately report cases and close contacts to the city government via their official Facebook page and contact tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737

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