NCR Covid cases have yet to peak

THE Covid-19 positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila continues to rise, indicating that infections have not yet peaked in the region, according to OCTA Research.

Based on the graph presented by OCTA Research Principal Investigator Dr. Guido David, Metro Manila’s positivity rate was 14.6% on July 20, down from 14% on July 15 and 12% on July 17. last.

David said it is not yet clear what is driving the uptrend, and it is unclear when it will peak before heading into a downward curve, David said.

OCTA predicts the daily Covid count across the country could reach 3,000 on Friday, with 1,100 cases predicted in the NCR alone.

David also noted that cases are now increasing in many parts of the country and urged the public to exercise caution as Omicron subvariants remain immune-evasive.

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Department of Health (DoH) officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DoH’s own positivity rate was 13.9%, slightly lower than OCTA’s.

She added that the DoH’s projection is well above the OCTA’s projection of 3,000 cases per day, hovering around 11,000 cases nationwide.

BOOSTER BLAST Health OIC Maria Rosario Vergeire administers a booster dose to an elderly person at the Marikina Mega Vaccinaton Center, Marikina Sports Complex on Friday July 22, 2022. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

Vergeire said the National Capital Region is now classified as moderate risk for Covid after its average daily attack rate hovered at 6.25 cases per 100,000 population.

“Trend, pareho. In the end, tumataas po ang kaso in all areas (the trends are the same. In the end, cases are increasing in all areas). We just have to be careful,” Vergeire said during a briefing in Marikina City.

She also said that despite the steady increase in the number of cases, the number of serious and critical cases had plateaued.

Carol N. Valencia