Metro Manila, 10 Luzon provinces now seeing ‘low’ Covid-19 positivity rate, says OCTA

Covid-19 Positivity Rates in Metro Manila and Luzon Provinces as of January 14, 2023 (OCTA RESEARCH FELLOW DR. GUIDO DAVID / TWITTER)

The OCTA Research said that the Covid-19 positivity rates in Metro Manila and 10 provinces in Luzon have dipped to “low” levels on Jan. 14.

In an update posted on social media on Monday, Jan. 16, OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David said the Covid-19 positivity rate in Metro Manila dropped from 5.8 percent on Jan. 7 to 3.7 percent on Jan. 14.

He noted that the 3.7 percent positivity rate is considered “low,” according to OCTA’s metrics.

David pointed out that low positivity rates were also observed in 10 provinces in Luzon.

The following are the areas that registered lower positivity rates in the past week.

Batangas (from 4.9 percent to 3.2 percent)

Benguet (5.3 percent to 3.6 percent)

Bulacan (3.5 percent to 2.3 percent)

Cagayan (7.0 percent to 3.9 percent)

Cavite (5.5 percent to 3.2 percent)

Ilocos Norte (4.3 percent to 3.9 percent)

Laguna (7.3 percent to 4.4 percent)

Pampanga (5.5 percent to 2.6 percent)

Pangasinan (4.3 percent to 3.9 percent)

Zambales (8.4 percent to 4.1 percent)

Meanwhile, David said that Isabela’s positivity rate remains “high,” as it increased from 35.1 percent to 50.2 percent.

The positivity rate refers to the number of individuals who yielded positive results from those who were tested for Covid-19.

The World Health Organization recommended that the positivity rate should remain at 5 percent or less to show that the spread of the virus is under control.