Metro Manila's COVID-19 reproduction number dips to 0.46; 7-day average cases down to 1,000

Published October 22, 2021, 12:06 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


The seven-day average of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila continued to decrease to 1,044, while the reproduction number dipped to 0.46, based on the latest monitoring of independent research group OCTA.

In its COVID-19 update shared by research fellow Dr. Guido David via Twitter on Friday, Oct. 22, OCTA said that Metro Manila’s seven-day average was 1,824 cases per day a week ago.

Meanwhile, its reproduction number was at 0.59.

Health care utilization for COVID-19 in Metro Manila also continued to drop to just 40 percent from 47 percent a week ago.

Intensive care unit or ICU occupancy also decreased to 52 percent from 61 percent a week ago.

However, the research group noted that Metro Manila’s positivity rate, or the average testing positivity rate from Oct. 14 to 20, remained at 8 percent.

OCTA reiterated that the findings and position presented in their report are those of the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the affiliated institutions of the authors, nor does it reflect the position of official government bodies, such as the Department of Health (DOH), Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), and local government units (LGUs).

“The risk levels described in this report are not reflective of the alert levels prescribed by the DOH and the IATF,” it added.