OCTA: Covid-19 positivity rate increasing



OCTA research said warned that Metro Manila’s COVID-19 positivity rate or the percentage of tests turning out positive for the virus has been steadily increasing.

Dr. Guido David of OCTA Research, noted that among those that gave an sharp increase included the National Capital Region which is now at 6.5 percent.

The said record was from the April 8, which grew from 4.4 percent on April 1.

He also said that the positivity rates increased by more than 5 percent in: Benguet – 5.5 percent to 6.3 percent; Camarines Sur – 10.4 percent to 14 percent; Cavite – 3.6 percent to 9.3 percent; Cebu – 4.7 percent to 7.7 percent; Davao del Sur – 7.6 percent to 12.2 percent; Isabela – 6.2 percent to 10.9 percent; Misamis Oriental – 27.4 percent to 16.3 percent; Negros Occidental – 2.8 percent to 7.6 percent; Palawan – 4.1 percent to 13.6 percent; Rizal – 5.2 percent to 11.8 percent; and South Cotabato – 8.6 percent to 10.2 percent.

According to the World Health Organization the 5-percent is the threshold for COVID-19 positivity rate.

Earlier, the Department of Health noted that despite the increase in COVID-19 cases, it was not a cause for concern as hospital admissions were manageable.

“In spite of meron tayong kaunting pagtaas sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa, ang ating mga ospital remains to be manageable,” DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire previously said.

On Easter Sunday, April 9, the Philippines has 9,493 active COVID-19 cases, the DOH’s COVID-19 Tracker showed.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has tallied 4,083,678 coronavirus infections. The death toll stood at 66,420.

To date, more than 79.1 million are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Catherine R. Cueto

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