Metro Manila remains at low risk of Covid-19 – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Thursday, June 16 that Metro Manila remains under the low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a slight increase in new infections.
In a statement, the state health agency “reiterates that NCR [National Capital Region] is still classified as low risk as of today, June 16, 2022” based on surveillance by its Office of Epidemiology.
The DOH said while Metro Manila is showing a positive two-week growth rate (TWGR), its average daily attack rate (ADAR) is still below six, or less than one case per 100,000 people. to June 15.
“NCR would require at least 818 cases per day for two weeks to reach an ADAR of six cases per 100,000 population,” the DOH said.
Additionally, Metro Manila’s health care utilization rate (HCUR) remains in the low-risk category, the DOH said.
“At this stage of the pandemic, infections are expected. Most of them will be asymptomatic, mild or moderate – thanks to vaccinations, boosters and health protocols,” he said.
“What is important is the number of serious and critical hospitalizations. As long as these numbers remain low, we will remain at the current alert level while carefully monitoring the situation,” he added.
The DOH also reiterated the measures that must be followed before an area can be raised to Alert Level 2 or if an area is already rated as moderate risk.
“For an area to be classified as moderate risk, it must have a positive growth rate over two weeks and an average daily attack rate of at least six average cases per day per 100,000 population. From a healthcare utilization rate perspective, there would also need to be a moderate risk HCUR for escalation to Alert Level 2 to occur,” he said.
The DOH has clarified following the OCTA research group report that the Capital Region has now moved to a Moderate Covid-19 risk classification.
He reminded everyone to “obtain information only from official sources”.
“All concerned are also advised to consult with the DOH before making predictions and issuing statements that may cause unnecessary panic and harm among the public,” the DOH said.
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