OCTA Research warns: Overcrowding may lead to surge in COVID-19 in Metro Manila

OCTA Research warns: Overcrowding may lead to surge in COVID-19 in Metro Manila

MANILA — A research group on Saturday warned that there could be a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila due to overcrowding in favorite shopping destinations amid the holiday season.

In a radio interview, Dr. Guido David of the OCTA Research Group said additional 800 to 1000 daily cases could happen in the National Capital Region (NCR) if minimum health standards set by the government are not observed.

“Ang iniiwasan natin magka-increase tapos bumalik tayo sa 2,000 cases per day. Ang ini-expect namin, kahit magka-surge ngayon, baka umabot siya ng mga 800-1,000 cases per day sa Metro Manila, kaya pa naman yan,” he added.

“Overcrowding kasi ang ating binabantayan,” he added.

As of now, David said Metro Manila has shown significant improvement in terms of COVID-19 numbers, with daily cases now down to 400 from the previous 2,000 in August.

While he acknowledged that many Filipinos are now suffering “pandemic fatigue” but David appealed to the public to limit their movement, avoid overcrowding, and observe health protocols like frequent hand washing, wearing of face masks and face shields.

“Pag sumusunod tayo sa mga patakaran, sa mga protocols and guidelines na ibinibigay ng government at Department of Health kumakaunti ang bilang ng kaso,” he stressed. (AI/FC/MTVN)

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