PH now at ‘critical risk’ for COVID-19

By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Jan 11, 2022 2:41:24 AM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) — The country is now deemed at “critical risk” for COVID-19, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reported on Monday.

In a televised Cabinet meeting, Duque said the classification was elevated after the Philippines recorded a massive 3,663% two-week COVID-19 growth rate, as new infections hit unprecedented highs over the past days.

He also noted there was a 690% increase in the 7-day moving average of reported daily cases. Meanwhile, the average daily attack rate, or the number of infected people per 100,000 population, has climbed to 10.47.

Also considered at critical risk are Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. These areas have consistently been the top three contributing regions in terms of new cases, based on recent daily case reports.

Eight regions are now classified as at “high risk” for the viral disease, namely the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Western Visayas, Bicol Region, Central Visayas, Mimaropa, and Davao Region.

Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are under “moderate risk,” according to Duque. Only the Zamboanga Peninsula is tagged as “low risk.”

The health chief made the report on the same day the country logged an additional 33,169 cases — a new all-time high increase. The positivity rate, or the number of infected people out of all tested, also reached a new record of 46%, while the total case count is expected to breach the three-million mark on Tuesday.


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