DOH: NCR daily COVID-19 cases seen to drop to 1,100 by Nov. 15

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — Metro Manila will see a lower number of new daily COVID cases—reaching 1,100 by mid-November—according to a Department of Health official.

"If we will look at our daily cases, we will be averaging about 1,100 cases by Nov. 15, daily cases dito sa (here in the) National Capital Region," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual briefing on Saturday.

An analysis from the OCTA Research said the region averaged 2,140 cases per day over the last seven days, lower than the 3,627 recorded from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

Vergeire also noted that the NCR has posted a negative two-week growth rate.

Active cases in Metro Manila were at 24,400 as of Friday, the DOH said in its bulletin.

The health official said if the capital continues to keep the downward trend and control the transmission of the coronavirus, residents may experience a more relaxed quarantine restriction by Christmas.

Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 4 from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, allowing establishments like restaurants, barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons to operate for up to 30% of their outdoor capacity.

They can also operate indoors for up to 20% capacity, but exclusive for persons fully protected against COVID-19.

READ: EXPLAINER: What you need to know about the COVID-19 alert level system in NCR

Vergeire also said the DOH and the pandemic task force are already discussing the possibility of expanding the implementation of the COVID-19 alert level system outside Metro Manila.