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OCTA: ECQ worked, COVID-19 spread slows

OCTA Research has found that the implementation of enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 6 to 20 has slowed down COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila, even as the country logged 16,044 new cases yesterday the third highest on record......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 22nd, 2021

EDITORIAL - Circuit breaker

There is a marked increase in COVID transmission in Metro Manila, but it cannot be described yet as a surge, according to health officials. And without a surge, the officials see no need for a two-week “hard lockdown” that the OCTA Research Group is suggesting to nip in the bud the spread of the more virulent Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2021

OCTA: Davao City again tops list of LGUs with most daily COVID-19 cases

"We should not wait for [the variant] to enter... It will spread fast and will be hard to prevent once it starts in our region.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2021

Navotas, Pasay, Malabon cited for COVID-19 response

The local governments of Navotas, Malabon and Pasay were among the model Metro Manila cities in curbing the spread of COVID-19, the OCTA Research group announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Health protocols sought for political gatherings

With national elections less than a year away, a member of the OCTA Research Group on Tuesday recommended establishing health protocols and guidelines in the conduct of political gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

COVID-19 reproduction rate in Metro Manila slows to 1.91

The reproduction rate of COVID-19 in Metro Manila dropped to 1.91 on Wednesday from 1.99 the previous day, the OCTA Research Group reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021

NCR cases slightly up; Cebu surge slows down

There was a slight uptrend in new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and a slowdown in the surge in Cebu City over the past week, the OCTA Research group said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Philippines may see uptick in COVID-19 cases as holidays near — OCTA Research

Professor Guido David urged the public to maintain the downward trend of COVID-19 cases by strictly following health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields and observing physical distance—measures that are critical in curbing the spread of the virus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

Navotas City only allows cemetery visits by schedule

Navotas City is only allowing residents to visit cemeteries by schedule to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the city this Undas or All Souls’ Day. Mayor Toby Tiangco on Saturday said that the residents should first reach out to the contact number provided by the local government to express their intent to visit a cemetery and get a schedule when they will be allowed to do so. “May sistema ng scheduling na magtetext sila, bibigyan sila ng oras para siguradong hindi puno ‘yung cemetery (We are scheduling them through text messages. We will give them a schedule to ensure that the cemetery will not be crowded),” Tiangco said over CNN Philippines interview. According to him, residents are then given two hours to visit and pay respects to their departed loved ones. However, they are not allowed to eat or drink there as the said activities might lead to catching the virus or infecting others. “Then, may pagitan na two hours para sa labas pasok ng mga tao (from the cemetery) and then two hours ulit para doon sa mga (bagong papasok) (Then, there is a two-hour gap for the exit of first batch visitors before another batch would be allowed,” Tiangco added. Tiangco said that they are taking various safety measures to maintain its gain in its COVID-19 response. “Ang gusto lang namin maging safe (muna ang sitwasyon) bago lumabas ang tao (We first want to make sure that the situation is safe before allowing our people to go out),” he said. As of the latest University of the Philippines’ OCTA Research data, Navotas City is the second lowest city among 17 Metro Manila cities in terms of COVID-19 attack rate. The city only has an attack rate of 4.9 percent per 1,000 population, according to the said research. “This serves as a validation of all our efforts to keep our constituents safe from COVID-19. However, we need to stay vigilant and careful. We cannot let our guard down because our cases could go up any time,” he said......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

David: Gov’t efforts vs COVID-19 ‘working’ but MM not yet ready for MGCQ

The University of the Philippines (UP) OCTA Research said government’s effort in fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is proving to be effective that has resulted in the decline in new infections. Commuters inside an e-trike wears face shield as DOTr requires the use of face shield when riding public transport (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) But the UP experts are not recommending that Metro Manila be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) after the lapse of GCQ on August 31. Despite reverting to a more relaxed lockdown, Dr. Guido David in an interview over DzBB Saturday said that the flattening of the curve is still achievable. “Sa ngayon, hindi pa naman namin nakikitang tumataas [ang cases], kaya optimistic naman kami na itong GCQ (general community quarantine) baka iba na sya sa GCQ dati kasi mas maingat na tayo ngayon (So far, we haven’t seen the cases rise that is why we are optimistic that this GCQ is different from the previous one because the people now are more careful,” David said. He cited the mandatory wearing of face shield in malls, offices, and public transportation as an effective measure to curb the spread of the virus. David also lauded the country’s “improving” contact tracing, isolation of probable cases, and increased testing capacity. “Yung contact tracing natin pinapaganda na natin, yung isolation and treatment, may lapses tayo dati dyan sa implementation, ngayon mukhang naayos na natin yan. Yung testing, nag-increase pa. Yung local government, baka mas proactive na sila ngayon sa pag manage ng localized lockdowns (Our contact tracing has improved. We seem to have fixed our lapses in implementing isolation and treatment. The testing has increased too. Our local government units are more proactive now in managing localized lockdowns),” he added. “Sa Cebu nung nag-GCQ na ulit sila, hindi naman tumaas ang bilang ng kaso. Parang natuto na sila at siguro nasanay na dun sa new normal, kaya patuloy pa ring pagbaba yung kaso. Yung Cebu, as an example, 300 cases sila per day nung nag-ECQ sila, tapos bumaba na. Ngayon nakaka-80 cases na lang sila per day. So yun yung inaasahan natin sa Metro Manila (In Cebu, when they were placed under GCQ again, their daily cases did not increase. Perhaps they already learned their lesson and have gotten used to the new normal so their cases continue to decrease. Cebu used to have 300 cases per day when they were placed under ECQ. Now they only have 80 cases daily. And that’s what we’re expecting in Metro Manila),” David said. Earlier, the research group said that flattening of the COVID-19 curve is “possible” by end of August to September because the virus reproductive rate is going down from 1.5 to 1.1. However, David noted that UP OCTA team still would not recommend Metro Manila to shift to moderate general community quarantine (MGCQ). “Hindi natin mare-recommend yan kasi puno pa rin yung mga hospital natin para makapag-MGCQ tayo. Obserbahan muna natin (We’re not recommending MGCQ because our hospitals are still full. We should observe first),” he said. “Buti nang ma-retain tayo ng GCQ tapos hintayin natin na bumaba pa yung bilang ng kaso, kahit mapababa natin ng 2,000-1,000 cases per day, tsaka tayo mag-open ng iba pang economic sectors (It would be better for us to retain the GCQ status and wait for the number of new cases to decrease, let’s say 2,000-1,000 cases per day, then we can open other economic sectors),” David added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Credit growth slows in Q2

Bank lending slowed in the second quarter as the economy came to a grinding halt due to the implementation of quarantine measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Credit growth slows in May

Credit growth slowed down for the second straight month in May as the government extended the enhanced community quarantine to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

New Zealand queries virus approach as Delta outbreak grows

New Zealand conceded its ambitious "COVID zero" elimination strategy may no longer be viable on Sunday as an outbreak of the virulent Delta variant spread further......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

PNP to implement strict granular lockdown in NCR

The police will not let its guard down, even when the National Capital Region is now under modified enhanced community quarantine, and would continue to strictly implement granular lockdowns to help curb the spread of COVID-19 infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Wide-scale quarantine not working

Two weeks into the most severe form of lockdown, COVID-19 cases in the Philippines have not abated. The enhanced community quarantine that is aimed at curbing the spread of the more virulent Delta variant of COVID-19 has restricted mobility, shut down thousands of restaurants and retail outlets across Metro Manila and eliminated millions of jobs......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Masking versus Delta

With the continuing spread nationwide of the highly infectious Delta variant and the sustained high COVID cases in Metro Manila even during lockdown, the Department of Health is urging people to use disposable face masks instead of those made of cloth......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

16,000 daily cases possible next week – OCTA

With COVID-19 cases rising in Southern and Central Luzon, OCTA Research said the number of new cases in the country may reach as high as 16,000 per day next week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Mandaue adopts stricter protocols in bid to curb COVID-19 transmissions

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Government has implemented stricter protocols in a bid to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Jonas Cortes on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, issued Executive Order no. 27 series of 2021 enforcing a heightened state of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). The EO took effect immediately and will […] The post Mandaue adopts stricter protocols in bid to curb COVID-19 transmissions appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Trade gains at risk from spread of Delta

Policymakers need to come up with measures to prevent the COVID Delta variant from spreading any further or risk losing gains in merchandise trade, Finance Undersecretary and chief economist Gil Beltran said yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

‘Make establishments open only to the fully vaccinated’

With the recent surge in COVID cases in Metro Manila, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures to effectively mitigate the spread of the virus in the National Capital Region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

COVID-19 cases up in Central Luzon provinces

The number of COVID-19 cases in Central Luzon increased in the past week, the OCTA Research Group said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021