Metro Manila’s COVID-19 cases up by 119 percent in 2 weeks

Published March 5, 2021, 9:33 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila continued to increase as the region averaged at least 900 new cases per day during the past week, OCTA Research Team said in its latest report.

Passers-by walk in front of a tarpaulin with images of frontliners wearing face mask at Eastwood city in Pasig on Saturday. (Photo by Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

In its March 5 bulletin, the research group noted that there was an increase of 50 percent from the previous week and 119 percent from two weeks ago.

OCTA said the reproduction number in Metro Manila increased to 1.47, while the two-week daily attack rate was 5.4 per 100,000.

Meanwhile, positivity rate rose to an average of 7 percent over the past seven days, and has now increased by one percentage point every week, it said.

OCTA emphasized that while the South African SARS-Cov2 B.1.351 variant was identified in Pasay CIty, it is not yet known how prevalent the variant is in Metro Manila.

The group noted that Pasay City’s COVID-19 cases averaged 150 per day over the past week, for the period February 26 to March 4.

“This is the highest average daily new cases reported in the city in its (pandemic) history, higher than what Pasay reported during the surge in August 2020. The reproduction number in Pasay City is 1.83,” it said.

OCTA said Barangay 76 in Pasay City is considered a COVID-19 hotspot due to high number of cases.

“There were clusters of barangays with a high number of cases within a small region. The main cluster is linked to Barangay 76 in Pasay City, which had 128 new COVID-19 cases over a period of one week (or an average of 18 per day, higher than the numbers reported in Muntinlupa, San Juan and Pateros). Nearby barangays with a high number of cases included Barangays 59, 70 and 36 in Pasay, and Barangay Baclaran and Barangay Tambo in Paranaque,” it added.

OCTA Research said there is a need to prevent the spread of the virus from these clusters of barangays to the rest of Metro Manila in order to quickly reverse the surge in new COVID-19 cases that is happening in other parts of the region.

It said that nearly all local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have shown an increase in new COVID-19 cases, although some LGUs reported a marginal increase in new cases, such as Marikina City and Las Piñas City.