OCTA sees slight uptick in NCR's COVID-19 cases due to holiday gatherings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) — Independent COVID-19 watchdog OCTA Research has seen a slight increase in Metro Manila's COVID-19 cases amid holiday festivities.

OCTA Research Fellow Guido David on Friday said the National Capital Region recorded 95 new infections on Dec. 23 alone, making it the region with the highest number of new cases on a single day.

Iloilo and Negros Occidental followed with only 18 and 17 new cases, respectively.

On Dec. 22, the capital region recorded 80 new infections.

Metro Manila's positivity rate — or percentage of people tested with positive results — also slightly increased from 0.62% from Dec. 12 to 18 to 0.77% from Dec. 16 to 22.

"We are seeing a holiday uptick due to the increased number of social gatherings," David said in his tweet.

"Unfortunately, due to decreased testing over the holiday season, we will be unable to have a clear picture of the situation until the first week of January 2022," he added.

David called on the public to continue following the minimum public health standards amid the holiday season.

The Department oh Health reported 288 COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with additional 65 deaths from the virus.

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/12/23/DOH-COVID-19-December-23-2021.html

Data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard shows that 46.9 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 1.3 million have already received their boosters.