COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila ‘accelerating’: OCTA

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Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue to ride a train while others exit at a station in Manila, Philippines, April 4, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue to ride a train while others exit at a station in Manila, Philippines, April 4, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Metro Manila is expected to have more COVID-19 cases as the region’s rate of virus reproduction “have accelerated” according to OCTA Research.

In a post on Tuesday (June 14), said that National Capital Region’s (NCR) single day positivity rate jumped to 4%, with virus reproduction numbers “likely to exceed forecasts.”

“Expecting 250 new cases in the NCR on June 15, 2022 and 450 to 500,” he wrote.

David said that Metro Manila’s reproduction number for June 8-14 is at 1.59, higher than the 1.27 recorded from June 1-7.

The reproduction rate refers to the number of people infected by one case. If a reproduction number is below 1, it means that virus transmission is slowing down.

In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday David said that Metro Manila is expected to be at moderate risk for COVID-19 by next week.

At this time nasa low risk pa tayo sa Metro Manila, green pa siya. Pero by next week, we are projecting nasa moderate risk na tayo, yellow (At this time we are still at low risk in Metro Manila, so it’s still green. But by next week, we are projecting to be at moderate risk, so yellow),” David said.

So kumbaga, ‘yung current situation natin hindi pa naman siya nangangahulugan magtataas tayo ng alert level pero this is a possibility within the next few weeks (Our current situation does not mean that we need to raise the alert level but this is a possibility within the next few weeks),” he added.

According to the OCTA fellow, the government may need to decrease passenger capacity on public transportation or indoor establishments.

Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that face masks protect people not only from COVID-19 but also from other diseases such as monkeypox.

She recommended that the mandatory mask rule by IATF stays until the end of 2022.

Earlier, the health department has also announced that Omicron subvariants BA.5, BA.4, and BA.2.12.1. have entered the country.

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