After a surge in COVID-19 cases last month, Metro Manila is finally experiencing some relief from new infections – that’s according to a report released by the OCTA research group yesterday.

According to the independent research organization, cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) dropped significantly from April 18 to 24 – recording a 20% decline in new infections compared to three weeks prior. 

“The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day in the NCR was 3,841 over the past week, with a one week growth rate of -20 percent,” the group wrote. 

“The current average is also 30 percent lower than the average of 5,552 during the peak of the surge three weeks ago,” it added.

Besides this, the report also showed that the reproduction rate of COVID-19 in Metro Manila has dropped to 0.93. Reproduction rate refers to the number of people that a single patient infects.

Although things seem to be looking up for the region, OCTA research’s Guido David argued that it’s still too early to tell if case numbers are trending downward. 

“We saw a decrease in number of cases in NCR, but it’s not stable. We haven’t seen a sustained downward trend in the decrease in daily cases,” David shared in an interview with CNN

Things need to be observed further before the quarantine classification can be changed to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Guido added.

Meanwhile, for other areas included in the NCR bubble – things are calming down, too. According to OCTA, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite have all posted lower numbers of coronavirus infections. 

The zones were put under ECQ almost a month ago after cases increased exponentially in NCR. The quarantine classification was changed more than two weeks ago and will last until April 30

In its tally yesterday (April 25), the Department of Health recorded an additional 8,162 cases of COVID-19, which brings the total number of infections in the country to 997, 523.

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