OCTA: All 17 areas in Metro Manila now at ‘moderate risk’ for COVID-19

Published October 14, 2021, 10:56 AM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas


All areas in Metro Manila are now at “moderate-risk” classification for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the OCTA Research group said Thursday, Oct. 14.

In its latest monitoring report, OCTA said the COVID-19 reproduction number in the National Capital Region (NCR), which remains under moderate-risk level, decreased to 0.60.

This was after the region’s seven-day average in new cases dropped to 1,847 cases, which was 30 percent lower than the previous week’s average, it noted.

“Reproduction number at 0.60. [The] NCR and all 17 LGUs (local government units) now under moderate risk per our metrics,” OCTA fellow Prof. Guido David said in a tweet.

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Reproduction number refers to the average number of secondary infections by each infected individual.

Based on the report, all the 16 cities and one municipality in the NCR had negative growth rates in new cases.

Moreover, healthcare utilization rates in majority of metro areas were at low-risk level except for Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Quezon City which were at moderate-risk level.

Likewise, the report indicated that the positivity rate among those tested for the virus in the region was at 11 percent, while the healthcare utilization was at 49 percent.

The government has downgraded the COVID-19 alert level status of Metro Manila to Alert Level 3 starting Oct. 16 until 31.