Seven Philippine provinces post high Covid-19 growth rate; declining in Metro Manila


The Office of the Vice President’s Swab Cab Covid-19 testing drive recently catered to residents of several communities in Caloocan City. - (Image from VP Leni Robredo / Facebook)

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Seven provinces posted high Covid-19 growth rates while Metro Manila’s dropped further, independent analytics group OCTA Research reported on Monday (Jan 24).

OCTA Research fellow Guido David said that the seven provinces, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte, Davao del Sur, Apayao, Iloilo, Ifugao, and Cebu have more than 100 per cent one-week growth rate.

The following are the growth rates of the said provinces:

Mountain Province – 226 per cent

Ilocos Norte – 108 per cent

Davao del Sur – 302 per cent

Apayao – 234 per cent

Iloilo – 139 per cent

Ifugao – 307 per cent

Cebu – 177 per cent

Meanwhile, Metro Manila’s growth rate further decreased from -42 per cent on Jan 22 to -50 per cent as of this day.

Aside from Metro Manila, the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan also registered the following negative growth rates:

Cavite – -16 per cent

Rizal – -41 per cent

Bulacan – -41 per cent

OCTA also reported that Benguet is the only province that has over 100 average daily attack rate (ADAR) at 101.48.

ADAR is the average number of new Coivid-19 infections per 100,000 persons.

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