MONDAY RUSH HOUR. Passengers crowd the doors of public utility buses during the rush hour along Quirino Highway in Fairview, Quezon City on Monday (July 25, 2022). The Department of Transportation has ordered transport operators to deploy 90 percent of their public utility vehicles to ensure that there is sufficient public transport amid the increase in passenger demand. (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 25 (Mabuhay) — At least 10 areas have recorded above 20% or “very high” one-week COVID-19 positivity rates on Friday, while that of the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 14%, independent monitoring group OCTA Research said.

In a tweet on Sunday, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Isabela all posted a positivity rate of more than 20% on July 22, as compared to July 16’s data.

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

Aklan remained on top of the list despite its positivity rate going down from 35% on July 16 to 32.6% on July 22.

It was followed by Capiz with 31.9%, Nueva Ecija with 30.5%, Isabela with 27.8%, Pampanga with 26.1%, Laguna with 26%, Cavite with 24.5%, Tarlac with 24%, Rizal with 22.8%, and Antique with 22.2%.

Meanwhile, David said NCR’s one-week positivity rate climbed up from 12.7% on July 16 to 14% on July 22.

As for the daily positivity rate in NCR, it climbed to 16%, David said Friday.

The Philippines on Saturday logged 3,604 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the active caseload to 25,743.

As part of the government’s plan to curb the COVID-19 infections in the country, the Department of Health (DOH), along with the local government units, is set to launch on July 26 a campaign that aims to administer booster shots to 50% of the country’s eligible population in the next three months.

Based on the DOH’s national COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, there are now 71.5 million Filipinos who are fully vaccinated. Of this number, 15.9 million have received their booster dose. (MNS)

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