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The COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may increase by 10,000 daily by next week, an OCTA Research fellow said on Wednesday, January 5.
“We’re expecting mga 10,000 to 11,000 cases today sa buong Pilipinas, mga 8,000 sa Metro Manila,” Dr. Guido David said in the Laging Handa online briefing. They are expecting these numbers to double and reach more than 20,000 by the following week.
According to David, the reproduction number in Metro Manila is at 5, which means that one positive case can infect five other persons. The positivity rate on Tuesday, meanwhile, is at 40 percent.
The Department of Health (DOH) also projected that the current wave will peak by the end of January, with the numbers breaching the Delta variant surge.
Amid the rising numbers, the government has placed Metro Manila and nearby provinces under Alert Level 3 until January 15.
The Philippines currently has a total of 2,861,119, after more than 5,000 new cases were logged on Tuesday.