Metro Manila’s COVID-19 cases up by 25% in one week — Octa Research | Inquirer News

Metro Manila’s COVID-19 cases up by 25% in one week — Octa Research

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 04:19 PM July 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Weekly COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila have increased by 25%, independent pandemic monitor Octa Research Group said Monday.

Dr. Guido David said the one-week average of 1,033 cases per day in Metro Manila from July 18 to 24  is 25% higher than the average of 829 daily cases recorded from July 11 to 17.

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He, however, clarified that while the number of cases continues to increase, the rate of increase remains moderate.

“The one-week growth rate in the NCR has remained relatively flat for over three weeks. This means that while cases continue to rise, the rate of increase is moderate,” Octa said.

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Meanwhile, the reproduction number is at 1.38, and the positivity rate in the region is at 14.1%.

“NCR (National Capital Region) is at moderate risk based on the metrics we use, but the bright spot is the HCUR (healthcare utilization rate) remains below 50%,” David said in a Twitter post.

According to Octa, COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila have not yet reached their peak since the number of infections continues to rise.

READ: COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila may have already peaked, says OCTA Research fellow

“With a flat growth rate, it is not clear at this time when the peak in cases in the NCR will occur,” Octa said.

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