Experts see ‘uptick’ in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila

Bonz Magsambol

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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Aside from Metro Manila, increase in new cases per day is also observed in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas

Experts studying the coronavirus outbreak in the country saw an “uptick” in cases in virus epicenter Metro Manila.

In its latest report published on Wednesday, November 25, the Octa Research Group said the reproduction number – or the number of people that one positive case can infect – in the capital region slightly increased to 0.83 (November 17-23) from 0.76 (November 10 to 16). This was still below 1.

Graph from the report of the Octa Research Group

Aside from Metro Manila, increase in new cases per day was also observed in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas.

Table from Octa Research Group

Over the weekend, a crowd of people flocked to Divisoria in Manila. No physical distancing was observed, while some were not wearing their face masks properly.

On November 5, the experts warned against possible “surge” in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

During a virtual press briefing on Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire urged the public to do their shopping online to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

However, Vergeire described the general situation of COVID-19 cases in the country as “plateauing” nearly 9 months since the pandemic started. Average new cases reported in a single day over the past few weeks have hovered below 2,000.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has 422,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 8,215 deaths and 386,955 recoveries. Of the total, 27,745 are active cases. –

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.