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OCTA: NCR’s COVID-19 cases up 14.4 percent

by Jericho Zafra

AMID loosened minimum public health standards and masking restrictions, independent pandemic monitor Octa Research reported Monday that the National Capital Region’s COVID-19 positivity rate has increased to 14.4 percent.

The previous positivity rate of NCR was 12.4 percent, Octa said.

Other areas in the country have also reported an uptick in COVID-19 positivity rate with Kalinga having the highest increase from 20.8 percent on December 3 to 57.9 percent on December 10, Octa fellow Dr. Guido David said in a tweet.

This was followed by Batangas (9.2 percent), Bulacan (8.3 percent), Cagayan (26.3 percent), Cavite (12.8 percent), Mountain Province (16.7 percent), Nueva Ecija (49 percent), Pampanga (13.3 percent), Quezon Province (12.8 percent), and Rizal (23 percent).

As of Sunday, the DOH logged an additional 1,134 COVID-19 cases, reaching a total caseload of 4,049,042 nationwide since the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.

According to the DOH’s COVID-19 tracker, of the total tally, active cases now breached 18,252, with 3,965,910 recoveries and 64,880 deaths.

However, Metro Manila saw a slight increase of COVID-19 daily cases as DOH reported an additional 480 confirmed COVID-19 cases, slightly up from Octa’s 456 case statistics on Saturday.

In the last 14 days, the National Capital Region recorded 5,591 COVID-19 cases, according to the DOH.

Based on the extracted data from the country’s health department, Octa Research Group reported that the NCR maintains the top region in the country with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases, recording approximately 300-500 cases daily since December 1.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Currently, the DOH said the country has already administered a total of 166,138,040 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, of which 71,136,662 were first doses while 73,845,425 have completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, 21,155,953 booster shots were administered by the health department as of December 8.

With the anticipation of crowded gatherings this Christmas season, the DOH released an advisory encouraging those in the vulnerable sectors, primarily senior citizens and immunocompromised adults.

“Kung updated na ang inyong bakuna, proteksyon ay masisiguro kaya’t masayang makakahalubilo ang mga apo’t inaanak sa mga reunion at noche buena,” the advisory said.

Healthcare utilization

As of December 4, about 25.3 percent or 5,177 out of 20,452 non-intensive care unit beds are currently in use, while 22.1 percent or 534 out of 2,413 ICU beds are presently in use for COVID-19 patients, it said.

The DOH also noted that 595 or 9.1 percent of total COVID-19 admissions are severe and in critical condition.

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