COVID-19 cases increased in 7 Metro Manila areas: DOH

Seven areas in the National Capital Region have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

According to DOH, Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Navotas, and San Juan saw a change in the trend in the 2-week growth rate Epidemiology Bureau director Alethea de Guzman.

City saw the highest 2-week growth rate, reaching 116 percent. This was followed by Malabon, Mandaluyong, and Makati.

A positive 2-week growth rate means increased COVID-19 cases.

Makati and San Juan are considered “high risk” due to high health care and intensive care unit utilization rates in the cities.

Elsewhere in Luzon, Cagayan Valley and Mimaropa saw a downward trend while cases plateau in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon and Bicol regions.

The Ilocos region and Central Luzon, which are currently on an upward trend, should be careful.

In the Visayas, Western and Central Visayas plateau while the trend is down in Eastern Visayas.

COVID-19 cases dropped in all regions of Mindanao except Soccsksargen.

COVID-19 cases increased in 7 Metro Manila areas: DOH

Although the trend is different in different parts of the country, the DOH reiterated that the country is considered “low risk” based on the average daily attack rate and overall state of and quarantine facilities.

Although seniors aged 60 and over see the highest contribution to all deaths, the number of senior citizen deaths has dropped.

In January, 71 percent of the deaths were those aged 60, and over but from June to the first week of July, it dropped to 63 percent. The DOH is still investigating the cause.

“We may see, number one, is it because they’re less mobile and, as such, less prone to infection? Or is it because this was the time we’ve started the vaccination?” said De Guzman.

But that doesn’t mean children aren’t affected by the virus.

“Even if they are younger, there are still children who have comorbidities. There may be children who may be born premature, there may be children who are born with congenital anomalies, and their inherent vulnerability also puts them at more risk,” said De Guzman.

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