MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The nationwide COVID-19 positivity rate has reached 23.6 percent, according to the latest report from OCTA Research, an independent research group monitoring the pandemic.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, OCTA fellow Guido David revealed that the group projected between 1,800 to 2,000 new cases for the day.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,065 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with Metro Manila leading the tally at 855 cases. Other provinces and regions with significant numbers of new cases include Cavite (171), Rizal (128), Bulacan (104), and Laguna (94).
Earlier this month, OCTA Research had warned that the COVID-19 positivity rate in Metro Manila could potentially reach 25 percent. However, they also emphasized that the health care utilization in the capital region was not expected to reach critical levels.
In response to the rising cases, the DOH has assured the public that the uptick in numbers does not automatically translate to increased hospital admissions, severe and critical cases, or deaths. While the increase in cases is a cause for concern, the current health care capacity remains stable, allowing hospitals to handle the influx of patients.
COVID-19 Cases Reach 4,115,202 with 2,109 New Infections
In the latest update from the Department of Health (DOH), 2,109 additional COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 4,115,202.
Out of the total cases, there are currently 15,891 active cases, while 4,032,858 individuals have successfully recovered from the highly infectious disease. The number of fatalities remains at 66,453, according to the DOH.
Among the regions, the National Capital Region recorded the highest number of new cases in the past 14 days, with 9,207 reported cases. Following closely is Calabarzon with 4,911 cases, and Central Luzon with 1,580 cases.
The hospital bed occupancy rate has also seen an increase, reaching 20 percent, indicating the strain on healthcare facilities. Additionally, the cumulative positivity rate stands at 13.5 percent, reflecting the prevalence of the virus in the country.
The government and health agencies are working tirelessly to ramp up testing, contact tracing, and vaccination efforts to mitigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic.
The situation remains fluid, and it is essential for everyone to stay vigilant and cooperate with the health authorities’ guidelines. By working together and taking necessary precautions, we can mitigate the impact of the virus and safeguard the well-being of our communities. – WhatALife!/Jayve
Also read: OCTA Warns of 19.3% COVID-19 Positivity Rate in the Philippines
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