DOH: NCR back to moderate risk, but COVID-19 cases still above pre-Omicron level

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) — Metro Manila's COVID-19 risk level has returned to moderate, but the Department of Health (DOH) said the number of infections in the National Capital Region is still above the pre-Omicron level. NCR was under critical risk from Jan. 4 to 21.

The DOH noted that the average number of cases is 4.68 times lower than the peak observed from Jan. 8 to 14. The average number of admissions also fell from 6,204 from Jan. 9 to 15 to 4,378 from Jan. 21 to 27.

"However, an average of 3,662 cases were reported daily this week — still higher than the 1,405 average daily cases on the week prior to the Omicron wave," the agency added.

Bulacan and Rizal are now also under moderate risk, according to the DOH.

"Even in the NCR Plus areas nakikita na po nating bumababa talaga ang kaso. Ang binabantayan po nating maigi ngayon ay Visayas at tsaka Mindanao kung saan nakakakita po tayo ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso," Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

[Translation: We can see cases really going down even in the NCR Plus Area. What we're monitoring closely now are the Visayas and Mindanao where we are seeing an uptrend in cases.]

The DOH reported 18,638 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the nationwide tally to over 3.5 million.