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OCTA: NCR COVID-19 risk level may be down to ‘moderate’ next week

January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 3:01 PM by GDM

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The risk classification of Metro Manila for COVID-19 may be lowered to “moderate” next week, private think tank OCTA Research said Wednesday, citing indicators.

OCTA Research fellow Guido David said the National Capital Region (NCR) is now deemed “high risk” for COVID-19. Last week, the capital region was classified with a “severe outbreak.”

“Expecting NCR to be moderate risk next week,” he tweeted.

Citing the Department of Health (DOH) data, David said the capital region’s average number of daily cases in the last seven days was down to 6,280 from 15,782.

The one-week average daily attack rate declined to 44 from 111 cases per 100,000 people.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said the risk classifications of the Philippines and Metro Manila for COVID-19 were downgraded to “high” from “critical.” 

The OCTA fellow projected the country is likely to see between 15,000 and 20,000 cases today, of which 2,500 cases may come from NCR.

The Philippines has reported over 3.45 million COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic. Currently, there are 247,451 active cases.

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