OCTA: the delta surge fades despite epidemics in small municipalities


November 7, 2021 | 10:37 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines – The burgeoning Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to slow all around the Philippines, research group OCTA said over the weekend, despite outbreaks in small municipalities.

It comes after Metro Manila recorded 454 cases earlier on Saturday, according to the independent research group’s list on Sunday. The health service recorded 2,656 infections that day.

“The delta surge slows down in the [National Capital Region] and most of the provinces of the Philippines, ”reads the OCTA report released on Saturday night.

“However, there are smaller municipalities where epidemics have occurred. This includes Pudtol in Apayao and Santa Ana in Cagayan, where the number of reproductions has increased slightly.”

According to the think tank, the city of Zamboanga had the highest daily average of new cases outside of metro Manila, despite a downward trend in new cases in the city.

Only Negros Oriental, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya recorded more than 100 local cases on Saturday.

“Recent areas of concern such as Dumaguete and Lubang (Occidental Mindoro) now have new cases on a downtrend, although both are still classified as high risk,” OCTA also said.

The OCTA research group released this list of provinces with the most new cases on Sunday based on data extracted from the Ministry of Health’s DataDrop.

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Moderate risk:

  • Zamboanga City
  • Baguio city
  • Bacolod
  • Tuguegarao
  • Puerto Princesa

Low risk:

Sunday marks just the second day that Alert Level 2 was suddenly hoisted over Metro Manila after the announcement made on Friday night.

To date, health authorities have recorded 2.80 million coronavirus infections in the country, of which 34,866 are still classified as active cases.

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