Cases up in 8 NCR cities, 3 regions

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    CORONAVIRUS disease cases in Manila, Makati and six other cities in the National Capital Region, plus three other regions, continued to increase over the past two weeks and are being closely monitored, according to the Department of Health.

    In a virtual press briefing, DOH- Epidemiology Bureau acting head Dr. Alethea de Guzman said Valenzuela, Pasay, Malabon, Pasig, Navotas and Las Pinas, along with Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga have also reported spikes in new cases.

    She noted that even though there has been a negative growth rate overall in Metro Manila, the eight cities continued to struggle on how to contain the deadly virus that has so far claimed 11,524 lives.

    Over the last 14 days, Manila reported 707 new infections, followed by Pasig (406), Valenzuela (406), Makati (349), Pasay (291), Navotas 157, Las Pinas (150) and Malabon (137).

    In Central Visayas, new cases surged by 93 percent (1,992) over the past two weeks, Northern Mindanao had a surge of 35 cases (4%), and Caraga 2 cases.

    De Guzman attributed the continued increase in cases to the increased mobility of individuals in these areas and “people attending gatherings.”

    De Guzman said the picture overall in the country has continued to improve, noting that cases have decreased by four percent compared to the last two weeks.

    “The cases have been decreasing in the last two weeks. It is plateauing,” she said.

    De Guzman noted that the national data is reflective of the situation in the entirety of the NCR.

    “NCR is the driver of infection. It means the national epidemiology curve can be easily influenced by the NCR epidemiology curve. Because it is the largest region, changes in the NCR have a big influence in the national data,” she said.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH reported 1,391 new cases, raising the number of infections in the country to 552,246, while seven more patients died.

    There were 45 new recoveries, meaning the number of survivors is now up to 511,796.

    But there were still 28,926 active cases, of which 87.1 percent are mild cases, 6.7 percent asymptomatic cases, 2.7 percent critical cases, 2.6 percent severe cases, and 0.85 percent moderate cases.

    The active cases include three afflicted with the UK variant of the deadly virus “who remain in isolation and are just completing the required number of days,” De Guzman said.

    She said the three cases involved a returning overseas Filipino from the United Arab Emirates, one from Mt. Province, and one from Bukidnon. In all, 44 cases of the UK variant have been reported in the country.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday reported only one new case among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total number of overseas infection to 14,672 with 9,231 having recovered and 4,462 still undergoing treatment. – With Ashzel Hachero and Noel Talacay