The Department of Health (DOH) said the national weekly positivity rate for Covid-19 infection skyrocketed to 16.7 percent while maintaining a low-risk classification.

 The positivity rate is over three times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ideal threshold of 5 percent .

Metro Manila remains to be at moderate risk classification with a daily average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 8.16 cases per 100,000 population.

Meanwhile, all other regions are still at low-risk classification amid the reported surge in the recent two weeks.

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed that the country is still at a low-risk classification despite the huge positivity rate. 

“Nationally, nanatili pa rin tayong low risk classification na meron pong daily average attack rate na 2.9 cases per 100,000 population,” said Vergeire.

Vergeire identified nine regions that posted an ADAR range of 1 to 1.26 per 100,000 population. The said regions are Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.

Currently, 71.7 million Filipinos have already been vaccinated against Covid-19. Among the said number, 9.7 million of them are adolescents; 4.1 million children; and 6.8 million senior citizens.

Moreover, 16.2 million people have already received their first booster shot, while 1.3 million have received their second booster shot.


Ronald Espartinez