The Philippines is now under moderate risk classification for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections after the country saw a small decrease in new infections.

Department of Health (DOH) chief epidemiologist Dr. Alethea de Guzman said the decrease in infections was based on the negative two-week growth rate over the past days., which means infections are decreasing. 

According to the DOH, the country observed a –4% two-week growth rate in the past 14 days, compared to 27% reported three to four week ago. 

The country also posted an average daily reported infections of 17,783 from Sept. 20-26, less than the 19,949 average daily cases from Sept. 13-19.

Additionally, the country’s average attack rate slightly decreased to 17.12 from 17.80 reported three to four weeks ago.

However, De Guzman said that some areas in the country are still placed at high-risk for Covid-19 namely: the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Caraga, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Soccksargen. Ronald Espartinez