NCR COVID-19 positivity rate climbs to 16% —OCTA │ GMA News Online

The daily COVID-19 positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) has risen to 16% and continues to rise, independent group OCTA Research said Friday evening.

This is an increase from the 14.6% positivity rate in the NCR reported earlier by OCTA on Friday morning.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 among the total number of individuals tested.

Meanwhile, the one-week growth rate of new COVID-19 cases has fallen to 15%, said OCTA researcher Dr. Guido David.

The average daily attack rate (ADAR) reached 6.43 per day per 100,000 as of July 22, he added.

ADAR is the incidence showing the average number of new cases over a period per 100,000 people.

The healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) in the NCR meanwhile was 34 per cent, while intensive care occupancy was 26 per cent, OCTA added.

“Both are still below 50%,” David said.

HCUR refers to the occupancy of isolation, ward and intensive care beds, as well as the use of mechanical ventilators. This is considered to be at critical risk if it is greater than 85%.

On Friday, the health ministry said 3,389 new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded that day, the highest daily tally in five months.

The country has so far recorded 3,745,375 cases while active infections soared to 24,478 from 22,207 on Thursday.

Among the top regions with cases in the past two weeks were the National Capital Region with 11,112, followed by Calabarzon with 6,592, Central Luzon with 3,007, Western Visayas with 2,309 and Central Visayas with 1,222.

The number of people who have recovered from the viral illness in the country rose to 3,660,241, while another 15 deaths brought the death toll to 60,656. —KG, GMA News

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