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MANILA, Nov 19 (Mabuhay) — For the first time since the Philippines began its testing for COVID-19, the positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) decreased to 2%, independent monitoring group OCTA Research said Friday.

In its latest report, OCTA said this is within the 3% ideal positivity rate of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also meets the 5% benchmark of the World Health Organization

OCTA said the seven-day average of new cases in NCR decreased to 349 from 421.

Meanwhile, NCR recorded a reproduction number of 0.48.

The reproduction number 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.

NCR also has an average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 2.46 per 100,000 individuals

According to OCTA, NCR remains classified as low risk for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Navotas, Caloocan, Pateros, Marikina, and Valenzuela are classified as very low risk for COVID-19 while the remaining LGUs are classified as low risk.

Navotas recorded an 0.74, Caloocan with 0.93, Pateros with 1.45, Marikina with 1.64, and Valenzuela with 1.78.

Muntinlupa recorded an ADAR of 1.46 but has a moderate healthcare utilization rate and an ICU utilization rate of 52% and 65%, respectively.

“While the NCR and all the LGUs have done well to sustain the downward trend, the goal for the region is to continue to best practices and standards to decrease new cases to less than 50 per day by the end of the year,” OCTA said.

OCTA, however, said its findings and position as reflected in its report do not necessarily reflect the position of the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

The Philippines on Thursday logged 1,297 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 2,821,753. (MNS)

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