PH, NCR at ‘high risk’ again due to rising COVID-19 cases — DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) — The Philippines and the National Capital Region are again considered as high risk to COVID-19 due to rising cases, the Department of Health said Monday.

Between Dec. 6 to 19, 2021 and Dec. 20, 2021 to Jan. 2, the two-week growth rate of infection in the country was at 222% while NCR’s was at 813%, Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said.

Meanwhile, the average daily attack rates (ADAR) — or the number of confirmed cases in a certain area or population — rose to 1.07 nationwide and 5.42 for NCR for the period Dec. 20 to Jan. 2. Data from the previous two-week period showed an ADAR of 0.32 for the whole country and 0.58 in NCR.

However, Vergeire said that healthcare utilization rates in all regions remain at low risk.

Metro Manila was placed under a stricter Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15 amid the uptick in COVID-19 cases and the detection of local Omicron variant cases.

The country also recorded 4,600 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest since Oct. 24, 2021. The figure is lower on Monday at 4,084 new COVID-19 cases.

“Ang ating laban sa Omicron variant, gaya ng Delta at iba pang variant, ay mako-kontrol at mapagtatagumpayan natin kung sama-sama tayong susunod sa mga health protocols at safety standards,” said Vergeire in a virtual news briefing.

[Translation: We can only control and win our fight against the Omicron variant, just like in Delta and other variants, if we will all follow the health protocols and safety standards.]