PH COVID-19 weekly growth rate at -32%; still no sign of rise in cases, says OCTA

Published November 22, 2021, 10:36 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The independent research group OCTA is still not seeing a sustained increase in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, as the country registered a -32 percent COVID growth rate over the past week.

“I don’t see a rise in cases. Even with the high number of cases yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 21), likely due to backlog, the seven-day average remained at 1,347 with a reproduction number of 0.38 and one-week growth rate of -32 percent,” OCTA research fellow Dr. Guido David said in a tweet on Monday, Nov. 22.

David was reacting to the Department of Health’s (DOH) latest case bulletin wherein the country registered 2,227 new COVID-19 cases.

For five straight days before Sunday, the country’s daily number of COVID-19 cases was less than 1,500.

David pointed out that the increase in the latest number of cases could be due to some backlog in the data.

On Nov. 5, David said that if the downward trend in cases continues, the country may see less than 1,000 daily cases by the end of November.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, OCTA reminded the public that the downward trend can be easily reversed if people are complacent.

David appealed to the public to continue to adhere to the minimum public health protocols to prevent a resurgence in infections.

 
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