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Expert: hybrid immunity is to blame for a drop in PH Covid-19 cases.

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According to an infectious disease expert, the public’s hybrid immunity to the illness may be to blame for the decline in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

The positivity rate, or the proportion of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the National Capital Region, dropped to 7.8%, the lowest level in the previous four months.

In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante stated, “We also have developed some form of population immunity. We get it from those who got infected and have developed antibodies against BA.5, as well as from those who received vaccinations and booster shots.

The “worst of BA.4 and BA.5 sub variations wave” has passed across the nation, and its hospital use rate has remained low, he continued.

In contrast to three months ago when it reached over 2,000 infections, the average daily cases in the nation now range from 1,000 to 1,500.

On November 9, the nation reported 1,241 additional cases, bringing the total to 4,012,868.

A drop in instances was observed in densely populated areas outside of the NCR, including Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo.

Solante said that because the virus takes seven to ten days to incubate, any potential impact of All Saints’ Day festivities on the Covid-19 counts would show up in the second or third week of November.

“It’s impossible to forecast what will happen to us in December since there are several elements that we’re taking into account, one of which is for the new subvariants of Omicron like BQ.1 not to enter the nation,” he said.

In order to prevent the spread of viruses, Solante recommended the public continue wearing face masks at Christmas festivities, particularly indoor ones, and to avoid becoming complacent in December.

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