OCTA: All Metro Manila LGUs now at moderate risk for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14)— All local government units in Metro Manila are now classified as moderate risk for COVID-19, the independent OCTA Research group said on Thursday.

In its latest monitoring report, OCTA said the reproduction number in the capital region further decreased to 0.60. The number should ideally be one or less, as anything higher would indicate significant community transmission, according to medical experts.

OCTA said the seven-day average in new coronavirus infections in NCR dropped to 1,847 — 30% lower than the previous week’s average.

The positivity rate in Metro Manila for the Oct. 6 to 12 period was at 11%, while the healthcare utilization rate was at 49%, the group noted.

However, OCTA still categorized as at critical risk the intensive care unit capacity of Muntinlupa and Taguig.

In an earlier interview with CNN Philippines, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said their team has been seeing a “very fast” decline in COVID-19 cases in NCR. The Inter-Agency Task Force later announced that the region will shift to a more relaxed Alert Level 3 status from Oct. 16 to 31.

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