VAX QUEUE. People queue up to get Covid-19 jabs at the Caloocan City North Medical Center on Thursday (Jan. 13, 2022). President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered barangay officials to restrict the movement of unvaccinated persons to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) –The increase in the daily new cases in the National Capital Region may already starting to peak, OCTA Research said on Friday.

OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David made the remark after the Department of Health on reported a new record-high 34,021 new COVID-19 cases, which brought the Philippines’ case load to 3,092,409.

According to David, the daily growth rate of the moving average was just five percent down from 11% the previous day.

He said the reproduction number also decreased to 3.77 as of January 10 when the reproduction number was 6.12 on January 3.

The seven-day average in the NCR was 16,599 from January 7 to 13.

“It appears that the daily new cases in the NCR may be peaking already.  While this is welcome news it must be emphasized that we are not out of the woods yet, and data in the next few days will clarify the trends,” David said.

“Efforts from the public must be sustained so that the NCR new case reports will start decreasing,” he added.

The 34,021 logged on Thursday is the highest number of cases reported since the pandemic began in the country in March 2020. The previous highest daily case count was 33,169 on January 10.

Active infections rose to 237,387, of which 7,332 are asymptomatic; 225,408 are mild; 1,468 are severe; and 298 are in critical condition.

Of the cases reported today, the DOH said 33,456 or 98% occurred within the recent 14 days from December 31, 2021 to January 13, 2022. (MNS)

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