New Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of the country are on the decline, although the pace is slowing down.
In an online media forum, Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau officer-in-charge Director Dr. Alethea De Guzman noted the NCR logged 770 new daily cases for the week Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, which is 14 percent lower than 898 average cases from October 19 to 25.
The 898 cases were also 36 percent lower than the 1,405 recorded October 12-18.
“There is a decline, but when the decline is slower, we monitor it more because the growth rate may turn from negative to positive,” she said partly in Filipino.
The country logged 4,183 daily new cases Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, lower than the 4,886 average cases the previous week and the 7,529 daily cases October 12 to 18.
De Guzman said “it is possible that some areas ease up their active case finding when they see that cases are declining”, contributing to a slower decline in the new infections reported.
As for the Covid-19 deaths, the country logged 2,261 for October, also fewer than the 5,638 in September.
The average number of deaths per day in October was 73 while it was 179 in September.
De Guzman reminded local government units to continue their active case finding to prevent an increase in cases.