COVID-19 cases reduce in NCR, but remain at moderate risk says DOH

Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue to ride a train while others exit at a station in Manila, Philippines, April 4, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA, Philippines — The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Metro Manila has decreased over the previous several days, as reported by the Department of Health (DOH).

However, the health agency stated that the capital region is still considered at moderate risk, with approximately 1,300 cases per day and an average daily attack rate of 9.17 for every 100,000 people.

During a press conference, the Officer-in-Charge of the DOH, Maria Rosario Vergeire, explained that the number of infections is still growing across the country.

“Ang Plus Areas at ang Mindanao ay nagpapakita ng bahagyang pagtaas ng kaso. Nagpapakita naman ng signs of plateauing ang rest of Luzon at Visayas.” 

DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire 

(Plus Areas and Mindanao are showing a slight uptick in cases. The rest of Luzon and the Visayas on the other hand are showing signs of plateauing.) 

Since July, there has been a “continual increase” in the number of severe and critical patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), but the whole country is still considered to be at low risk for COVID-19. 

Vergeire also cited that as of August 10, 8.71, or 9.27%, of all hospital admissions across the country were for severe cases of COVID-19. 

However, she said that most people who go to the hospital are asymptomatic or have mild cases, which make up 40.98% and 40.77% of admissions, respectively. 

Between August 5 and 11, DOH recorded an average of 4,025 new infections daily, for a total of 28,178.

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