PH, NCR down to ‘High Risk’ for COVID-19

January 25, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 230 views

From critical risk

HEALTH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III yesterday said the classification of the Philippines and Metro Manila was downgraded to “high risk” from critical risk for COVID-19.

Duque, however said the average daily attack rate or ADAR remains high, remaining over the seven average daily case per 100,000 population.

“Bumaba po ang two-week growth rate to 176%. Moderate risk classification siya samantalang ang average daily attack rate or ADAR nasa 25.46. Ito ay mataas pa rin dahil lampas po ito sa seven average daily cases per 100,000 population kaya classification is high risk,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Metro Manila, Duque said the classification shifted from critical to high risk as the two-week growth rate went down from 7,225% to 65% but its ADAR is at 85.46%.

He added NCR Plus areas are showing case decline while cases in the rest of Luzon areas are plateauing.

The health chief also reported that the following regions are at critical risk: Bicol Region; Cordillera Administrative Region; Western Visayas; Davao Region; Cagayan Valley; Northern Mindanao; Zamboanga Peninsula; Ilocos Region; Caraga; Central Visayas; Eastern Visayas; Calabarzon; and Central Luzon.

Duque reported that case trends in Visayas and Mindanao are increasing.

He asked local government units in the regions to address hospital utilization rates, monitor case hospital metrics, and ramp up vaccinations, among others.

Based on government data, Duque said over 57 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated versus COVID-19, which is 73% of the country’s eligible population. Over 6.2 million Filipinos got their booster doses.