DOH notes slight uptick in NCR Covid cases, says growth rate remains at -17

In file photo: Shoppers wearing face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus are seen at the Divisoria commercial center in Manila, known for low-priced goods and diverse manufacturing activities.

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday concurred with the observation raised by OCTA Research that there is a slight increase in Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).

OCTA previously said that cases in the NCR increased from 59 from May 6 to 12 compared to 71 cases from May 13 to 19.

However, the DOH said that while cases in the NCR during the recent week were slightly higher by 17 percent from the previous week, the two-week growth rate remains at negative 17 percent.

OCTA said the average daily attack rate (ADAR) also increased to .9 from .76. The DOH, on the other hand, said that they have only recorded 0.47 cases ADAR per 100,000 population as of May 19.

“With these metrics, NCR remains at minimal risk case classification. Moreover, this slight increase in cases does not translate into increases in admissions or utilization rates which remain at low risk ranging 19 percent to 23 percent of total and ICU beds in the capital region,” the DOH said.

In light of this, the DOH reminded the public anew that everyone could do their part in preventing further transmission by continuing to adhere to minimum public health standards and protective health protocols.

“Let’s likewise get vaccinated and boosted for the added protection it provides against the Covid-19 virus. New Covid-19 virus variants may emerge and may cause a spike in cases if immunity is not secured through vaccination and boosters,” the DOH said.

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