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Average new COVID-19 cases, reproduction rate down in NCR — OCTA

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Average new COVID-19 cases, reproduction rate down in NCR â OCTA
Joggers and cyclists enjoy the open air as they exercise along the riverbanks in Marikina City on Friday morning, Oct. 22, 2021.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases continued to be on the decline, OCTA Research said Friday, with all hospitals in the capital region now out of the critical level. 

In its October 22 monitoring, the independent panel of experts said average new infections in Metro Manila were down from 1,824 to 1,044. 

The virus's reproduction rate in the capital region also declined from 0.59 to 0.46. This refers to the number of persons a COVID-19 positive individual can infect. 

Still, the positivity rate here remained at 8%, OCTA added. 

The continuing decrease in new cases has pushed the national government to put Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 status of its pilot granular lockdown. 

It meant the easing of more restrictions, with higher capacity allowed in establishments as well as increased mobility permitted for individuals. 

The Department of Health has said it is possible now to see more curbs relaxed as Christmas season approaches. 

But officials have also sought to remind Filipinos that crowding in public places could lead to another surge, such as photos shown on social media where many flocked to the artificial dolomite beach in Manila Bay. 

OCTA Research added Metro Manila's health care utilization also dropped from 47% to 40% this week, while ICU occupancy from 61% to now at 52%. 

No local government has reported critical level status in both hospital and ICU bed capacity. 

But cities still under "high" level in its ICU are Muntinlupa at 82% and Makati at 74%. 

Quezon City is at moderate level for ICU at 62%, while the figure was not available for Navotas. 

On the average daily attack rate, only three LGUs are under high level: San Juan at 13.58, Taguig at 11.68, and Mandaluyong at 11.46. 

ADAR is the number of cases in an area over a two-week period, divided by the population there. The figure for the entire Metro Manila is at 7.40.

The Philippines has tallied over 2.74 million coronavirus cases, months after it battled a deadly surge in infections that experts attributed to the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19.

Authorities have also reported 41,237 deaths as well. 

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LATEST UPDATE: January 16, 2022 - 10:25am

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January 16, 2022 - 10:25am

Daily growth rate in the National Capital Region is down to 2% from 3% of the previous day, according to OCTA Research.

OCTA Research fellow Guido David says the capital region could be close to the peak in new cases or the region has reached its limits in testing capacity.

January 13, 2022 - 9:57am

The LRTA says it will implement the "no vaccination, no ride/no entry" policy starting January 17.

Only vaccinated passengers will be allowed to ride the LRT-2 and will be required to show proof of vaccination.

January 12, 2022 - 10:47am

The Department of Transportation has issued an order barring unvaccinated people from using public transportation in Metro Manila while the capital region is under Alert Level 3.

"All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to ‘fully vaccinated persons’ as evidenced by a physical or digital copies of an LGU (local government unit)-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, with a valid government issued ID with picture and address," it says.

January 6, 2022 - 4:29pm

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she's in isolation following a recent exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual.

January 5, 2022 - 12:43pm

The government must ensure supply of basic medicines like paracetamol amid reports of people having trouble getting access to them, Akbayan party-list says Wednesda

"A shortage of paracetamol is another bitter pill that must not be swallowed by the public," Dr. RJ Naguit, second nominee of the party-list, says in a release.

The government has played down the reported shortage, saying supplies are adequate according to its monitoring. It said only specific brands of paracetamol are out of stock at pharmacies.

"For the last two years, the people have been swallowing too many bitter pills in the form of strict lockdowns, lack of mass testing, and inadequate ayuda. And after all our sacrifices, what do we get? We are entering the third year of the pandemic with hardly any paracetamol pills to swallow," Naguit says, adding failure to ensure steady stocks of basic medicines would lower confidence in government.

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