DOH Reveals Interpretation of Data on COVID-19 Cases in NCR

DOH – The Department of Health spoke on the COVID-19 status in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the health care utilization rate now.

The Philippines is currently in the middle of a more challenging fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The detection of the more transmissible Delta variant sparked concerns and worries. The said variant of concern caused a spike in the coronavirus cases in several other nations.

In India where the Delta variant was first detected, a spike in the COVID-19 cases took place and hospitals reached their full capacities. Some patients had to stay in vehicles or outside of the hospital and the running out of resources for the treatment eventually happened. Many died of COVID-19 amid the surge.

Currently, Indonesia and Thailand are facing another spike in the cases following the entry of the Delta variant in their nations. Many countries including the Philippines are currently banning travelers from nations that recorded several cases of the variant of concern.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire
Photo: The Manila Bulletin

Several days ago, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed local transmissions of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines. Some of the over a hundred cases of the variant recorded in the country are returning Filipinos from abroad.

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There are concerns of another surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines following the detection of the Delta variant. Recently, DOH spoke on the status in the National Capital Region (NCR) now.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH stressed that there is still no evidence of another surge in the COVID-19 cases in NCR. The health department noted the observations of some groups but emphasized that it must be verified carefully.

According to the health department, the data in NCR showed that the region is at moderate risk with a 19% increase in the two-week growth rates (TWGR). The average daily attack rate (ADAR) is at 6 cases per 100,000 population.

Pasay city, Makati, Las Piñas, Manila, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Marikina, Taguig, Navotas, Parañaque, and Pasig have positive TWGR with Pasay, Makati, and Las Piñas having high risk ADAR.

“We are also closely monitoring pending ER admissions. While we have enough capacity as of now as evidenced by the low risk HCUR and ICUR,” health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said based on the report.

Vergeire added that the preparations in boosting the healthcare system must continue. According to her, the country must make sure that the healthcare facilities have enough capacity in case another spike takes place.

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