COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila slightly up – OCTA

by May 2, 2022Featured Article, News

MANILA, Philippines — The number of new cases of COVID-19 per day in the National Capital Region (NCR) slightly increased over the past week, the OCTA Research Group reported yesterday.

OCTA said Metro Manila recorded 85 cases of COVID-19 from April 24 to 30, for a growth rate of seven percent compared to 79 infections from April 17 to 23.

The reproduction number in the NCR also increased during the same period from 0.66 to 0.79, according to OCTA.

“Healthcare utilization for COVID remains very low at 21 percent, with the intensive care unit utilization rate at 19 percent,” the independent research group said.

OCTA reported that the positivity rate in the NCR stood at 1.4 percent for an average of 11,544 COVID-19 tests conducted daily.

Data from the Department of Health showed that Metro Manila posted 126 new COVID-19 cases on April 30. Of the figure, the city of Manila logged the highest infections with 25 followed by Pasay with 15 and Parañaque with 13.

The NCR registered the highest number of new COVID-19 infections with 126 followed by Cavite with 13. Bulacan and Rizal logged nine cases each.

Earlier, OCTA warned the public that COVID-19 cases may surge to 5,000 to 10,000 daily as the new Omicron subvariant entered the country.