Increase in Covid-19 positive rates noted in Luzon provinces

Image from Dr. Guido David
Image from Dr. Guido David

THE Octa Research group has observed an increase in the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positivity rate in 11 provinces in Luzon, as well as in the National Capital Region (NCR) over the past week, Octa fellow Dr. Guido David said on Monday, December 5, 2022.

David said from 11.1 percent on November 26, the positivity rate in NCR increased to 12.4 percent as of December 3.

In Bataan, the positivity rate rose from 9.7 percent to 11.2 percent; in Cagayan from 18.2 percent to 21.4 percent; Camarines Sur from 27.7 percent to 38.8 percent; Ilocos Norte from 7.8 percent to 11.1 percent; Ilocos Sur from 32.9 percent to 36.2 percent; Laguna from 13.1 percent to 19.2 percent; Nueva Ecija from 32.9 percent to 39.1 percent; Pampanga from 8.3 percent to 10.6 percent; Quezon from 7.2 percent to 13.3 percent; Rizal from 13.2 percent to 19.7 percent; and Zambales from 6.1 percent to 10.7 percent.

The provinces of Albay, Benguet, Cagayan, Camarines Sur, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga, La Union, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac were under high risk in terms of Covid-19 positivity rate.

The NCR and the provinces of Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Ilocos Norte, Laguna, Mountain Province, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal and Zambales were under moderate risk.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who were found positive for coronavirus among the total number of individuals tested.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier announced the detection of Omicron BQ.1, a sublineage of the highly transmissible BA.5 subvariant, in the country.

David warned over the spike of cases due to BQ.1, noting that currently, 50 percent of the Covid-19 cases in the United States and European region were of the sublineage.

But he said there is no significant increase in the number of deaths and hospitalization in the US and European countries as most of the cases were mild or asymptomatic.

Data from the health department showed that the country has a total of 18,256 Covid-19 cases as of December 4.

The average number of weekly cases from November 24 to 30 was 6,830, four percent lower than 7,184 cases recorded in the previous week.

The DOH urged the public to get Covid-19 vaccination for their protection against the virus especially ahead of the holiday season, in which the mobility of people is expected to increase. (SunStar Philippines)


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