As more countries are now reporting Omicron (24 as of this writing), we need to remain vigilant on the situation as there is still paucity of data on transmissibility and severity of this new variant of concern. We probably will know more information in two weeks.
The Health Agency reports 564 new cases today based on 34,918 tests done last November 30 with 1.7% positivity rate. This is one of the lowest (if not the lowest) positivity rates the country has recorded. This also drops the 7-day average to 600 cases/day. Almost half of the active cases are moderate to critical.
There are 40 additional deaths today.
The NCR reports 104 new cases with Quezon City accounting for almost 1/3 of the total cases in Mega Manila. Central and Western Visayas are in second and third rank today with 69 and 57 cases, respectively. Cases in Central Visayas are driven from the province of Negros Oriental, specifically Dumaguete City.
It’s relatively a benign day as 7 LGUs report double digits with less than 30 cases (except for Quezon City), while the remaining in the top 20 LGUs are all single digits, with 5 cases as the least number.