OCTA: COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila 'remain flat' in January

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — The number of COVID-19 cases in the country's capital remains relatively flat despite the expected holiday surge, according to independent research group OCTA.

In its report released Monday, the OCTA group said the trend in Metro Manila has "leveled off" this month.

It said the reproduction rate in the National Capital Region was at 1.08 as of Jan. 23, while the number of new coronavirus cases only dipped 4 percent.

The OCTA group said the trend was similar in all local government units in Metro Manila, with no significant increase in cases.

The positivity rate in NCR was at 4 percent, still below the 5 percent limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

"The trends confirm that NCR was able to avert a holiday surge," the group said.

While this can be considered as a "momentary victory" for the capital, the OCTA group still urged Filipinos not to be complacent, especially now that the country has been witnessing an increasing number of cases of the new COVID-19 variant.

Meanwhile, the research team observed that both Mountain Province and Kalinga posted an increase in daily new COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 24, with high daily attack and positivity rates.

OCTA’s latest report also noted that while Benguet did not have a spike in cases, the area's daily attack and positivity rates remained high.

The coronavirus situation in the northern regions stresses the "need to further scale up testing capacity," the OCTA group said.