OCTA Research Warns COVID In NCR Up By 50% Following Surge In Cases
COVID IN NCR UP BY 50% – In just under two months, the number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region has increased by 50%.
According to the OCTA Research group, this was due to the reproductive number (R0) of COVID-19 reaching critical levels. During its latest daily bulleting the group said manila reported 2,901 cases from August 7 to 13.
With this, they compared data from July 31 to August 6 which had a 1,930 case load. This meant that there was a 50% increase in the number of cases during a short period of time.
Furthermore, the reproductive number R0 in NCR is now at 1.85, which is now at critical levels. Meanwhile, the nationwide R0 is at 1.45. According to an article from Inquirer, an R0 of 1.85 meant that every patient can pass the virus to more than one patient.
This Saturday, the Department of Heath reported 14,249 cases with the death toll crossing 30,000. Moreover, with this many reported cases in a day, the Philippines marks its second highest single-day COVID-19 infection since the start of the pandemic.
Currently, the positivity rate of the virus, based on 52,679 individuals is at 24.9 percent. However, the World Health Organization said that the positivity rate of an area must be below 5% to consider the virus controlled.
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