Metro Manila at moderate risk for Covid-19, hospital utilization remains low risk--- DOH

In this file photo taken on April 26, 2021, commuters wearing protective face masks walk along Pratunam pier in Bangkok, after the government imposed strict restrictions for not wearing a mask in public following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Thailand. Thailand announced on June 17, 2022 it would drop rules requiring people to wear masks outdoors and no longer require foreign visitors to register before travel, as Covid-19 cases fall and the kingdom seeks to lure tourists back. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Metro Manila is currently under the moderate risk case classification for Covid-19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday, July 28.

In a statement, the DOH said that the capital region is at a moderate risk category “due to an average daily attack rate of 7.25 cases per 100,000 population.”

At present, Metro Manila has been logging at least 1,100 Covid-19 cases per day, said DOH Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary of Public Health Services Team Beverly Ho in a press briefing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Ho noted that the Philippines is still under the low-risk case classification for Covid-19.

“Nationally, we are still at low risk case classification with an average daily attack rate of 2.43 cases per 100,000 population with national and all regions all showing an increase in cases in the recent one to two weeks,” said Ho.

Ho reported that the country's average number of daily cases is at 3,047.

The DOH noted that the other regions of the country maintain low risk case classification.

However, the DOH is monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 6, and 7 as their average daily attack rates range from 1.45 to 3.96 cases per 100,000 population.

In terms of healthcare utilization, the DOH assured that the hospital utilization remains manageable at this point.

“National and NCR’s health system capacities are still at low-risk utilization,” the DOH said. It noted that Metro Manila’s healthcare utilization rate is at 35.48 percent.

Ho also noted that most Covid-19 patients are mild and asymptomatic. “As of July 26, tinatayang 734 cases o 8.32 percent ng total admissions ay severe at critical (it is estimated that 734 cases or 8.32 percent of the total admissions are severe and critical),” she added.