NCR’s increase in COVID-19 positivity rate may be due to holidays – Octa – archyde

A lot of Christmas shoppers do last minute shopping in Baclaran. Screenshot by Radyo Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – The independent pandemic monitor Octa Research observed a slight increase in the National Capital Region (NCR) COVID-19 positivity rate, but this can be attributed to holiday meetings.

Octa Research Fellow Dr. Guido David said Friday the average positivity rate over seven days from December 16-22 was 0.77, slightly higher than the 0.62 seen from December 12-18.

“This increase in positivity rate can only be dismissed as an effect of the holidays. On the other hand, this could also be the beginning of a trend reversal, “said David on Twitter.

Citing the number of COVID-19 tests conducted during the holiday season, the fellow said that a clear picture of the situation may not be available this year.

“Due to fewer tests during the holiday season, we can unfortunately only get a clear picture of the situation in the first week of January 2022,” he said.

However, David said the slight increase in the positivity rate should not be cause for concern, but did remind the public to adhere to health protocols.

“My interpretation at this point is that due to the increased number of social gatherings, we are seeing an increase in the number of holidays and there is no need to panic, but we must continue to adhere to public health standards while enjoying the holidays,” said he the general.

“We will reassess the situation in 1-2 weeks,” assured David.

In a separate tweet, David said that Metro Manila was the region with the most new infections with COVID-19 on December 23, with 95 cases.

The Ministry of Health recorded on Thursday 288 new COVID-19 cases and a nationwide positivity rate of 1.1 percent, slightly higher than less than one percent the previous day.

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