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Cebu News

OCTA: Cebu COVID-19 cases going down

The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — New COVID-19 cases in Cebu City and the rest of the province are now on a downward trend, according to a member of the OCTA Research Group.

OCTA fellow Guido David said new cases in the city have been on a two-week decline since its peak last July 31.

He said Cebu City recorded an average of 56 new cases per day from August 9 to 15, down by 17 percent from the average of 68 daily new cases the preceding week.

The city has an average daily attack rate of 5.37 new infections per 100,000 people, considered low based on metrics used by OCTA.

Health care utilization in the city also remained low at 33.8 percent, while utilization of intensive care units for COVID-19 cases is at 42.5 percent.

The reproduction number, which indicates the number of people that a positive individual can infect, also dropped from 1.03 on August 6 to 0.92 on August 13, indicating a decrease in new cases.

Positivity rate in Cebu also decreased from 12.4 percent on August 13 to 10.9 percent on August 15. — Philstar News Service, (FREEMAN)

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