The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases reported daily in the Philippines from May 5 to 11 has dropped by 16% compared to the previous week, the OCTA Research Group announced Wednesday. 

According to OCTA, the country reported a 7-day average of 6,522 with a reproduction number of 0.81.

“The most current 7-day average of daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is 6,522, which is 16% lower compared to the previous week,” it said.

The OCTA group, however, noted a  surge in covid-19 cases in Zamboanga City. The city topped the list of areas outside the National Capital Region with the highest number of infections.

Zamboanga has reported a 47% increase in cases with an average of 151 new cases per day.

Meanwhile, Puerto Princesa City recorded a 35% one-week case growth rate with 60 cases daily, while Batangas City and Cagayan de Oro City also reported an increase in cases compared to the previous week.

Areas that report an average daily attack rate higher than 10 per 100,000 is classified by the Health Department as high risk. 

The Philippines currently has a total of 1,113,547 confirmed Covid-19 cases; 1,038,175 recoveries, and 18,620 fatalities. Ronald dela Cruz