By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Following a pronouncement by experts from the University of the Philippines OCTA Research Group that Metro Manila is now at very low-risk status for Covid-19, senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar reminded people not to let their guard down and give in to complacency as the health crisis brought by the coronavirus pandemic is not yet over.
According to OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David, based on the recent metrics, the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area, which includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Bulacan, is now classified as very low risk with the drastic decrease in Covid-19 cases in the past days or week.
David disclosed that OCTA data showed Metro Manila only had 138 average new cases from November 26 to December 2 (the current year), which is significantly lower than the 416 average cases from the same period last year.
Aside from this, he added that the reproduction number of Covid-19 in the region has greatly decreased with the current 0.36 percent level while the average daily attack rate per 100,000 individuals was placed at 0.97 percent and the positivity rate at 1.2 percent.
In reaction to the positive developments, Eleazar, who is running for senator under Partido Reporma, reiterated his appeal to the public to seriously follow the minimum health safety protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to curb the further spread of Covid-19, especially in the light of the threat of its new strain known as the Omicron variant.
“Hindi tayo puwedeng maging kampante dahil nar’yan pa rin ang sakit na Covid at hindi pa rin tayo nakakaabot sa herd immunity dahil marami pa rin sa ating kababayan and hindi pa nababakunahan,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief pointed out.
He said that in his recent travels around Metro Manila, as well as in some parts of Northern and Central Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, he has seen some of our people seem unaware that there is still a health crisis as they at times lower their face masks to their chin and no longer practice physical distancing.
“Hindi pa po nawawala ang Covid-19. Kailangan pa rin po tayong nag-face mask at mag-ingat,” he ended saying.