Rising COVID-19 cases in NCR not worrisome — OCTA Research

June 28, 2022 People's Tonight 226 views

THE NATIONAL Capital Region (NCR)’s COVID-19 cases may increase up to 500 this week but there is no need to panic.

Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research fellow, said Tuesday the rise cannot be considered a surge yet.

“Tumataas ang cases sa NCR sa 52 percent one-week growth rate. Ang seven-day average natin ay 342. We expect na baka tumaas pa siya (The Covid-19 cases are increasing in NCR, with a 52 percent one-week growth rate. Our seven-day average is 342. We expect the cases to rise), may be between 400 to 500 this week,” David said during the Laging Handa public briefing.

A total of 434 new cases were recorded in the NCR on Monday while the positivity rate climbed to 5.9 percent on June 25 from 3.9 percent on June 18.

“Pero hindi naman ito nakakabahala. Mababa pa ito kumpara sa mga nakaraan na surge (But this is not worrisome. It’s much lower compared to those recorded in previous surges),” he said.

David reminded adherence to minimum health protocols, especially wearing of masks, and the need to complete the primary COVID-19 series and booster shots.

Aside from Metro Manila, David noted that the COVID-19 positivity rate in Calabarzon ranges between 5 to 7 percent.

“Hindi pa naman ito lumalagpas ng 10 percent, except in areas na konti lang ‘yung testing so patuloy na mino-monitor natin ito (It’s not yet exceeding 10 percent, except in areas with few testing so we continue to monitor this),” he said.

David said the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 are causing spikes in the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, and South Africa, among others. Philippine News Agency