COVID-19 Crisis: OCTA says Metro Manila’s COVID-19 cases may peak this month

There is no denying that COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila have been rising which is why there are renewed efforts to encourage people to follow health protocols, wear masks and avoid becoming complacent. That being said, the OCTA Research Group stated that Metro Manila COVID-19 cases may peak this month, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. Recently, a slow down on the COVID-19 growth rate was seen.  

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin. Some parts in boldface…

With the steady increase in new infections in Metro Manila, the OCTA Research Group projected that the Covid-19 cases in the region may peak between the first and second week of July.

In a televised briefing on Monday, July 4, OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David noted that Metro Manila’s Covid-19 growth rate was at 50 percent but that it has slowed down in the past week.

The region’s reproduction number was at around 1.5 to 1.6, while the positivity rate increased from 6 percent to 8.3 percent.

Reproduction number refers to the average number of secondary infections by each infected individual, while positivity rate refers to the number of individuals who yielded positive results from among those who have been tested for Covid-19.

David said that while the Covid growth rate in some areas in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) is increasing, the growth rate in Metro Manila has slowed down but is still increasing.

“We’re hoping the peak will come within one to two weeks. From there, baka magkaroon na ng downtrend (there may already be a downtrend). But then these are just projections. Baka magbago pa ito (These may still change),” David said.

Knowing the newest details from the above news report, it is best to keep on following health protocols as well as getting vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19. Ignore all of those anti-vaccine fanatics and get vaccinated or boosted whenever you have the opportunity to do so. Call your local vaccination site or the local authorities now to find if you are eligible for a vaccine shot or a booster shot. The national authorities, meanwhile, has to move quickly to allow comorbid patients access to 2nd booster shots.

Let me end this by asking you readers: Does the current COVID-19 situation of Metro Manila make you feel uneasy? Have there been any anti-vaccine fanatics who tried to fool you into supporting their cause?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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