CHEAP THRILLS. Parkgoers wait for the Promenade Des Dasmariñas in Cavite to open on Saturday morning (Feb. 5, 2022). The province, under Alert Level 2, allows the operation of public parks but with limited capacity and other health protocols against Covid-19. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 7 (Mabuhay) — The average new daily COVID-19 infections in the country, from February 1 to 5, dropped to 8,422 from the previous week’s 17,025, independent monitoring group OCTA Research said on Sunday.

In a tweet, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David added that from January 18 to 24, the seven-day average was 28,666, a decrease from the 34,958 recorded on January 11 to 17.

“The reproduction number in the entire country decreased to 0.55 as of February 2, down from 0.93 as of January 26,” David said.

Reproduction rate refers to the number of people infected by one case. A reproduction number below 1 indicates that the transmission of the virus is slowing down.

Moreover, David noted that the hospital bed occupancy in the country also decreased from 49% to 40%.

“The current trends project to a decrease to 4,000 to 5,000 cases per day by Valentine’s day and 1,000 to 2,000 by end of February,” he said.

Amid the improved COVID-19 trend, David asked the public to continue observing the minimum public health standards.

The Philippines on Saturday logged 7,689 new COVID-19 cases, taking the nationwide tally to 3,601,471. (MNS)

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