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PH COVID-19 cases increased by 53% — DOH

July 02, 2022 - Saturday 8:07 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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COVID-19 cases in the Philippines have increased by 53%, according to the Department of Health (DOH), with most provinces and cities reporting positive growth rates.
The data accumulated 6,399 cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 8,706 as of July 1.
The National Capital Region (NCR), Calabarzon, Western Visayas, Central Luzon, and Central Visayas reported the highest new daily cases, while the number of infections was highest in Quezon City, Cavite, Manila, Makati City, and Laguna.
The countrywide weekly positivity rate has risen to 6%. The NCR is 8.2% above the World Health Organization's 5 percent limit.
"With very low case numbers observed over the past months, we noted that the TWGR (two-week growth rate) was not a suitable metric in classifying areas' alert levels. Given the very small cases reported, minimal increases in the number of new cases may translate to very high TWGRs," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vegeire clarified. 
The daily average for COVID-19 cases in the NCR is 450, while Mindanao has maintained 50 cases per day.
The DOH also stated that serious and critical hospital admissions stayed at roughly 1% of overall hospitalizations in the country.