The Philippines has maintained its low-risk classification, while average daily cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) plateaued during the recent week, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday.

“Nationally, we remain at low risk case classification with a negative two-week growth rate,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

On Monday, the DOH logged 1,547 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,818,511. The DOH also recorded 2,601 recoveries and 128 deaths.

For NCR, the average daily reported cases are: 435 (Nov. 8 to 14), 404 (Nov 1 to 7), 805 (Oct 25 to 31), and 937 (Oct 18 – Oct 24). The cases peaked from September 5 to 11 after recording 5,714 cases.

On the other hand, Vergeire said the Cordillera Administrative Region remains at moderate risk case classification while NCR and Region 12 showed positive two-week growth rates. All regions have low to moderate-risk health systems capacity

Meanwhile, deaths show several peaks in August and September.

“As we safely reopen the economy, we remind everyone not be complacent and lower our Covid-19 cases by strengthening gatekeeping at all levels,” Vergeire said as she reminded local government units must continue active case finding to further cut the transmission of Covid-19 and ramp up vaccination efforts to ensure coverage, especially among senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions.

She also urged everyone to continue to adhere to the minimum public health standards and avoid 3Cs: closed-contact settings, crowded places, close spaces settings “even if we are fully vaccinated.”

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