BACLARAN DAY. Catholic devotees attend the 11 a.m. novena and benediction inside the Baclaran
in Parañaque
on Wednesday (July 6, 2022). The church, which houses the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, is usually packed every Wednesday, known as Novena Day. (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 7 (Mabuhay) — COVID-19 positivity rates have gone up in the National Capital Region (NCR) and a number of provinces, the OCTA Research Group has said.

OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said on Wednesday night that the positivity rate in Metro Manila went up to 9.8% on Tuesday, July 5. It was at 8.3% on Saturday.

David said the following provinces had positivity rates higher than 10%—Antique (20.6%), Batangas (10.7%), Cavite (13.2%), Iloilo (10.1%), Laguna (17.3%), Pampanga (15%), and Rizal (16.5%).

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

The Department of Health (DOH) said the country’s weekly COVID-19 positivity rate has increased to 6.8%, while six regions recorded a positivity rate of more than 5%.

Based on DOH’s COVID-19 national situationer released Tuesday night, the National Capital Region (NCR) logged the highest weekly positivity rate of 9.3% as of July 3.

Other regions that surpassed the 5% benchmark of the World Health Organization were Calabarzon with 8.4% weekly positivity rate, Western Visayas with 7.1%, Mimaropa with 6.4%, Cordillera Administrative Region with 5.5%, and Central Luzon with 5.4%.

The DOH reported that the national case trend showed “continuous increase” of COVID-19 infections which averaged at 1,103 cases per day from June 28 to July 4, 2022.

The Philippines on Wednesday reported 1,198 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the nationwide tally to 3,711,268. (MNS)

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