Metro Manila’s positivity rate has surpassed the five-percent benchmark set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for economy reopening, the OCTA Research Team said on Monday.

In a tweet, OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David said the positivity rate in the region had soared to 5.9 percent as of June 25 from 3.9 percent the previous week.

“NCR positivity rate is up to 5.9 percent as of June 25, 2022. WHO recommends testing positivity rate less than five percent,” he said.

In May 2020, the WHO encouraged governments to reach a positivity rate of five percent or lower for at least two weeks before reopening their economies.

The latest alert level classifications specified Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Pateros, Pasig, Marikina, Taguig, Quezon City, Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Pasay City as areas under Alert Level 1 until June 30.

The capital region has 3,259 of the country’s 7,087 active Covid-19 cases as of June 27.

Metro Manila has 9.6 million residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The hospital facility occupancy rate in the region remains at the “safe” level with more than 24,275 beds vacant. John Ezekiel J. Hirro