OCTA: NCR now under ‘moderate risk’ for Covid-19

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MANILA – OCTA Research Group said on Thursday that following the drop in reported cases, all 16 cities and the lone municipality in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now under a moderate risk classification for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

According to the group’s latest monitoring report, the NCR’s reproduction rate has reduced to 0.60, and the seven-day average of new cases has declined to 1,847, which is 30% lower than the previous week’s average.

“The positivity rate in the NCR was 11 percent while the healthcare utilization rate was 49 percent,” it said.

San Juan still has a critical average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 28.68 among the cities.

ADAR is the number of cases in an area over a period of two weeks divided its population.

Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Pasay, Parañaque, Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, Marikina, Taguig, Pateros, and Mandaluyong have high ADAR ranging from 13 to 21.25.

Meanwhile, ADARs in Caloocan, Navotas, Malabon, Manila, and Muntinlupa are moderate, ranging from 7.22 to 9.69.

According to the most recent data issued on Thursday, the city’s Covid-19 infections have significantly dropped, with only 5,596 active cases.

After spiking at 1,117 cases from September 12 to 18, the average number of new daily cases in QC declined by 36%, from 793 to 506 cases.

“The projections based on current trends indicate that the daily new cases in Quezon City could decrease to 200 by the end of October,” David said.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is a good development, crediting it to the city government’s unwavering and effective efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

“Despite the good news, we are far from relaxed. While we are still focused on vaccination, our testing centers, isolation facilities, and hospitals are still accommodating all confirmed and possible cases,” Belmonte said.

Meanwhile, the city’s healthcare utilization is also on the downward trend.

Dr. Rolando Cruz, Head of the QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU), advised the public to remain cautious and to adhere to the enforced minimum health and safety procedures.

He also advised locals to report incidences and close contacts to the city government as soon as possible using their official Facebook page and the contact tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.