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Covid-19 NCR moderate risk; current positive rate: 16.4%: DOH

A health official announced Friday that the National Capital Region (NCR) has returned to the moderate risk category for Covid-19, with a positive rate of 16.4%.

The quantity of people who in a specific area tested positive for Covid-19 is known as the positivity rate.

“If we look at it, comparing this to the previous two weeks, we can see that it significantly escalated,” Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Department of Health’s officer-in-charge of communications, said during a press briefing.

The NCR is “pumasok na ulit sa (the NCR entered again) moderate risk case classification among the many regions in the country,” she continued.

However, NCR’s healthcare usage rate continues to be low risk, with only 39% of its Covid-19 ward beds and 33% of its intensive care unit beds.

Six out of the 17 cities saw an increase in ward admissions for Covid-19, and only the cities of Pasig and Muntinlupa saw an increase in ICU admissions.

The National Capital Region has 11 out of its 17 cities and municipalities classified as moderate risk cases, according to Vergeire. “This National Capital Region, if you attempt to look at this, disaggregating it, there are 11 out of the 17 cities and municipalities in NCR,” he added.

Vergeire claimed that the surge in incidents could not be explained by the optional wearing of masks in outdoor settings, citing an increased average daily attack rate in the NCR.

As I’ve already mentioned, she explained, it will take us between one and two weeks to examine the impacts of these easing or optional masking outdoors.

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