OCTA notes increase in COVID-19 cases in areas outside Metro Manila

OCTA notes increase in COVID-19 cases in areas outside Metro Manila
A bus company puts up no vaccine no ride sign at their terminal in Buendia, Pasay on Jan. 14, 2022.
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MANILA, Philippines — An increase in new coronavirus cases has been observed in areas outside Metro Manila, a fellow of OCTA Research said Monday.

“Cases in regions outside ‘NCR Plus’ are increasing,” OCTA Research fellow Guido David said in Filipino during a briefing, referring to the capital region and its neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

“All over the country, we’re starting to see an increase in cases,” he added.

David said it is possible that the trend of cases in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan has peaked or is close to the peak.

According to the OCTA fellow, Cagayan Valley, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet and Bicol region have high COVID-19 growth rates. The spike in cases is accelerating in other parts of Central Luzon.

He added that cases are also increasing in Tacloban City, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga City and Davao del Sur.

The growth rate in Metro Manila—the epicenter of the surge believed to be driven by the Delta variant—decreased to -1% from 2%, David said, although he stressed that “we cannot celebrate yet.”

In a tweet, David said the positivity rate in the capital region went down to 50% from 54% earlier this month. Positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests coming back positive.

This indicates that either cases in Metro Manila have peaked and are now beginning to decline, or the region’s testing capacity has already reached its limit, resulting in an artificial decrease in numbers, he said.

Daily cases in the Philippines have reached record highs as an Omicron-driven surge in infections rips through Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

The number of active cases is currently at 287,856. — Gaea Katreena Cabico




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March 15, 2022 - 10:13am

The National Capital Region remains the region with most new COVID-19 cases as of March 14, 2022, according to data from OCTA Research.

Metro Manila logged 141 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Among provinces, Cebu registered the most new cases with 57, followed by Iloilo with 56, Cavite with 23 and Rizal with 23.

March 7, 2022 - 9:16am

Among highly urbanized cities in Luzon, Puerto Princesa is the lone city that remains at moderate risk for COVID-19 due to very high testing positivity rate, OCTA Research says.

As of March 6, NCR, Baguio City, Naga City and Santiago were at low risk.

Meanwhile, Angeles, Dagupan, Lucena and Olongapo improved to very low risk.

March 5, 2022 - 4:40pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 941 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 3,666,678.

As of Saturday, there are 49,374 active cases.

March 4, 2022 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 853 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 3,665,747.

To date, there are 50,230 active cases.

February 26, 2022 - 4:04pm

The Department of Health reports an additional 1,223 COVID-19 cases, biring the national caseload to 3,660,020.

There are 53,934 active cases.

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