THE rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) continued and it has now been classified as “moderate risk” for the disease.
In its latest Covid-19 Monitoring Report, the independent Octa Research bared that NCR is now at “moderate risk” with only two days left in 2021.
“Overall, the NCR, which was at ‘very low risk’ from December 16 to 22, is now at ‘moderate risk’ from December 23 to 29,” said Octa.
It said this was after the seven-day average new cases in Metro Manila increased from 79 a week earlier to 215 last week.
It also noted how the reproduction rate in NCR is now at “critical risk” at 1.47, compared to 0.51 (very low risk) in the previous week.
The positivity rate also surged to 3.86 percent (low risk) in the past seven days, from 0.69 percent (very low risk) a week earlier.
The average daily attack rate (Adar) in Metro Manila also climbed to 1.52 (low risk) last week from 0.56 (very low risk) a week before.
According to Octa, the increase in cases is not surprising considering that it is the holiday season, wherein mass gatherings are more frequent.
Nevertheless, the group monitoring the Covid-19 situation in the country stressed that there is a need to prevent the further increase in new cases in the NCR.
“At this time, it is still uncertain if there will be a continued increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases, or if this number will drop back down once the holidays are over,” said Octa.
The group urged citizens to continue to strictly adhere to minimum health protocols and to get vaccinated if they have not been vaccinated yet.
Octa also called on the public to reduce non-essential travel and attendance of large social gatherings in order to prevent possible exposure to the virus.
Octa also appealed to everyone to self-isolate and avoid going out if they have symptoms, such as cough, fever, sore throat, and colds. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)