DOH: COVID-19 cases slightly down in NCR, but still at moderate risk

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) — COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila have been on a downward trend in the past few days, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

But the DOH said the capital region remains under moderate risk, "with almost 1,300 cases per day," and an average daily attack rate of 9.17 per 100,000 population.

DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire also said infections in most areas of the country are still rising.

"Ang Plus Areas at ang Mindanao ay nagpapakita ng bahagyang pagtaas ng kaso. Nagpapakita naman ng signs of plateauing ang rest of Luzon at Visayas," Vergeire said in a press briefing.

[Translation: Plus Areas and Mindanao are showing a slight uptick in cases. The rest of Luzon and the Visayas on the other hand are showing signs of plateauing.]

Meanwhile, the whole country remains at low risk for COVID-19 despite a "steady uptrend" in ICU admissions of severe and critical cases since July.

As of Aug. 10, Vergeire said a total of 871 or 9.27% of total hospital admissions nationwide are severe and critical COVID-19 cases.

But she added that majority of hospital admissions are asymptomatic at 40.98% and mild cases at 40.77%.

The DOH reported 28,178 new infections from Aug. 5 to 11--with a daily average of 4,025 cases.