Metro Manila still at ‘moderate-risk’ for COVID-19—DOH

Published February 11, 2022, 3:29 PM

by Analou de Vera

People flock to Ilaya in Binondo, Manila to shop, with the National Capital Region enjoying the benefits of easing of alert levels. (FILE PHOTO BY ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday, Feb. 11, that Metro Manila remains under the moderate-risk case classification for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the statement after the Octa Research Group on Thursday said that the National Capital Region (NCR) was already under the low-risk category for COVID-19 transmission.

“Hindi pareho. I think ang firm na iyon ay gumagamit ng ibang metrics para sila ay makapag-determine at hindi ko din maintindihan kung bakit nagkakaroon ng hindi pagkaka-alignment dito sa metrics na to (It’s not the same. I think that firm uses different metrics in determining [case classifications] and I also don’t understand why there seems no alignment with the metrics) because it’s confusing people,” said Vergeire during a media forum.

“DOH is the official source [of information] and we are using metrics kung saan masasabi po natin na sa NCR ngayon moderate risk pa rin tayo (where we can say that in NCR currently is still at moderate risk),” she added.

READ: OCTA: Metro Manila now ‘low risk’ for COVID-19

Vergeire said that Metro Manila’s seven-day moving average is still at 886 cases per day.

“Pag tiningnan natin bagamat patuloy na bumababa ang mga kaso dito sa National Capital Region, our metric are still saying nasa moderate risk pa rin tayo at wala pa din sa low risk (When we look at the metrics, although the number of cases here in the National Capital Region continues to decrease, our metrics show that we are still at moderate risk and not at low risk),” she said.

“Patuloy nating binabantayan at minomonitor. Ang isa pa sa nakikita natin kasi alam nating mataas ang bakunahan dito, ang ating healthcare systems capacity—yung (We continue to monitor this. Another thing, we know that the vaccination rate is already high in NCR. In terms of healthcare systems capacity — the) utilization rate is at the low risk level already here NCR,” she added.

 
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