The OCTA Research Team has forecasted a rise in the Covid-19 positivity rate in Metro Manila but indicated that it would not result in a surge in the use of healthcare facilities.

OCTA fellow Guido David said in a public briefing that the region’s positivity rate was expected to climb past 25 percent next week.

“We’re expecting na tataas pa iyong positivity rate, baka umabot siya ng mga up to 25 percent,” he said.

The Covid-19 positivity rate in Metro Manila soared to 20.4 percent on May 3 from 14 percent on April 26.

However, David said the region’s healthcare utilization rate would remain manageable.

“Currently, nasa 25 percent ang healthcare utilization sa Metro Manila and we don’t expect na aabot iyon ng mga 40 percent, and it will be safe at low levels naman,” he said.

Metro Manila has 3,656 of the country’s 9159 total active Covid-19 cases. John Ezekiel J. Hirro