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)