NATURE PARK. Children and their parents look at the monkeys inside an enclosure at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center Quezon City on Thursday (Feb. 24, 2022). Public parks have been allowed to reopen under Alert Level 2 but only at 70 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and are required to abide by minimum health protocols, including temperature check upon entry, wearing of masks, and physical distancing. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 26 (Mabuhay) –The National Capital Region (NCR) remained at low risk classification for COVID-19 as its positivity rate further decreased to 4%, the OCTA Research reported Saturday.

According to data presented by OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David, as of Friday, February 25, NCR had a reproduction number of 0.21; its healthcare utilization rate was at 25%; and its intensive care unit utilization rate was at 27%.

Its average daily attack rate was “moderate” at 2.30.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who were found positive for COVID-19 among the total number of individuals tested.

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

The provinces of Aurora and Quezon were at “very low” risk with Quezon having a positivity rate of 3%.

Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal, Zambales were also at low risk.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday said the NCR is ready to deescalate to Alert Level 1 with its current metrics.

Metro Manila mayors have agreed to recommend the de-escalation of the region to Alert Level 1 from Alert Level 2 starting March 1, 2022.

NCR is under Alert Level 2 until February 28.

On Friday, the Philippines logged 1,671 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the nationwide tally to 3,658,892.

Of this number, 55,140 are active; 3,547,528 recovered; and 56,224 died. (MNS)

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