The Philippines may see a further decline in its Covid-19 cases by Christmas time, when about 1,000 cases may be recorded daily, the OCTA Research Team said on Thursday.

In an interview over ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, OCTA fellow Guido David said it was unlikely for the country to reach five-digit daily cases like what happened in September.

“Kailangan pa rin natin mag-ingat kasi pwede pa rin magkaroon ng spikes ng cases, mga clustering, local outbreaks, pero in general tingin natin hindi na tayo babalik sa 10,000 or 20,000 cases per day,” he said.

Since Oct. 25, the country has been tallying less than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases per day.

“Kaya nakikita natin na tuloy tuloy. Sana hanggang pasko baka nasa 2,000, or even 1,000 cases per day sa buong Pilipinas, kaya ‘yun sa Pasko,” David said.

David also said that the Delta variant, which caused an uptick in the country’s Covid-19 cases in the third quarter of the year, already reached its “end game.”

“[N]asa end game na tayo ng Delta variant, kaya hindi na natin nakikita na magkaka-resurgence ito,” he said.

As of Oct. 29, the Philippines has recorded over 2.77 million Covid-19 cases, of which 50,630 were active.

The government expects to vaccinate half of the Filipino population before 2021 ends. John Ezekiel J. Hirro