DOH Identifies Regions With Increasing Growth Rate For COVID-19 Cases

The DOH had identified regions with an increasing growth rate for COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) had identified regions in the Philippines that have reported an increase in growth rate for COVID-19 cases.

DOH Regions COVID-19 Cases

In an online media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that a positive coronavirus growth rate was observed in these regions: Ilocos Region, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas.

Vergeire also noted that for Central Visayas and Ilocos Region, for instance, the growth rate of coronavirus cases was previously negative but was currently positive, which showed an increase in coronavirus infections.

The average daily attack rate (ADAR), meanwhile, was highest in Cagayan Valley with an ADAR of 8.8 per 100,000 population, followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 8.4 per 100,000 population.

ADAR was the average number of new coronavirus cases per day over a two-week period, divided by the population of a concerned area. Based on DOH guidelines, ADAR was considered high risk if it was more than 7 per 100,000 population.

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Earlier, the DOH said that coronavirus cases were increasing in areas outside the NCR Plus — the “bubble” covering Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Bulacan.

Vergeire said that while coronavirus cases increased mostly in parts of Mindanao and Visayas, the number of testing output in the two regions was also increasing.

Nakikita natin ‘yung pagtaas ng testing outputs sa mga lugar na naaapektuhan ngayon ng pagtaas ng kaso, at dito sa NCR, nakikita natin ang kaunting pagbaba [ng testing],” Vergeire said.

Vergeire also said that Metro Manila was previously recording about 232,000 COVID-19 tests per week, but this had decreased to only around 189,000 COVID-19 tests per week.

Meanwhile, Visayas was previously conducting 46,000 COVID-19 tests per week, which currently increased to 50,000 COVID-19 tests. Mindanao, on the other hand, was conducting 29,000 COVID-19 tests per week, which had increased to 42,000 COVID-19 tests.

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