MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The nationwide COVID-19 positivity rate surged to 19.3 percent on Saturday, with the majority of new cases concentrated in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the independent monitoring group OCTA Research.
Guido David from OCTA stated that cases may reach their peak in “middle to late May.”
On Saturday, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 1,878 new cases.
“19.3% nationwide positivity rate,” David announced in a Twitter post, adding, “On May 6, 2023, DOH reported 1,878 new cases, 9 deaths (none in the National Capital Region), 833 recoveries, and 10,195 active cases.”
Within the NCR, there were 807 reported cases, while Cavite reported 149 cases, and Rizal reported 142 cases.
Other provinces and regions with significant numbers of new cases includes:
- Laguna with 90
- Bulacan with 70
- Camarines Sur with 46
- Davao del Sur with 42
- Iloilo with 35
- Albay with 34
- Batangas with 33
- Quezon with 33
- Negros Occidental with 30
OCTA Research projected 1,400 to 1,600 new cases for Sunday.
On Friday, OCTA Research warned that the COVID-19 positivity rate in the NCR is expected to reach 25 percent.
1, 920 New Covid- 19 Cases
Yesterday, the DOH reported an additional 1,920 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4,102,788.
Of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide, 11,408 are currently active, while 4,024,927 individuals have recovered from the disease.
The death toll from the infection rose to 66,453.
Over the past 14 days, the NCR recorded the highest number of new cases at 5,777, followed by Calabarzon with 2,962 and Central Luzon with 889.
The hospital bed occupancy rate stands at 19.7 percent, while the cumulative positivity rate is at 13.5 percent. – WhatALife!/Jayve
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