The Health Agency announces 2619 new cases, with NCR contributing to 48% of the cases for the day with 1251 cases (and under reported at that). The positivity rate in the country is up at 13.3%, mainly driven by the high cases from the epicenter – Mega Manila.. There are 32 added deaths today.
Because of the increasing cases in Mega Manila, several contingent provinces to NCR are seeing triple digits, including Cavite 125, Rizal 139 and Bulacan 135. Laguna reported 81 cases today. The travel to AND from the epicenter of the pandemic is disturbing because NCR is also the only region that has the highest vaccination rate, including boosters. Back to normal or business as usual is driving the upsurge in cases again, and this is unavoidable because people need to put food and their table as the peso plunges to its lowest value closing at P57.38 to the greenback for the weekend. The stock exchange also continued to slide.
In NCR, sixteen of 17 LGUs report double or triple digits. Four LGUs that reported triple digits were: Quezon City 268, Manila 198, Makati 113 and Taguig 111. Twelve LGUs with double digit cases were: Caloocan 81, Pasig 71, Parañaque 60, Mandaluyong 57, Las Piñas 56, Muntinlupa 50, Marikina 41, Pasay City 40, Valenzuela 30, Malabon 24, San Juan 23 and Navotas 18. Only Pateros had single digit of 8 cases.
Outside of NCR and the other provinces, only Davao del Sur had 50 cases (with 23 coming from Davao City).
This pattern is not unusual as classes have begun and face to face learning at the time of Omicron BA.5 will remain as challenge if the schools do not innovate and craft a more desirable hybrid learning and improve their ventilation in the learning facilities.