The National Capital Region's COVID-19 growth rate dropped to -4% from -1% but is still at "very high risk," OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said Monday.
On Twitter, David said the reproduction number in the metropolis also decreased from 2.67 to 2.37.
The reproduction number refers to the number of people infected by one case. A reproduction number below 1 indicates that the transmission of the virus is slowing down.
David further pointed out that Metro Manila recorded 13,543 new COVID-19 cases on January 17, 2022, the fewest new cases since January 6 this year.
"NCR still at very high risk. We need to continue to be vigilant until NCR becomes a moderate risk again," he said.
However, David said, the trends must still be monitored in the next week, adding that there could be backlogs and late reports.
"In the meantime, we need to continue best practices in order to bring cases down further," he added.
The Philippines' total COVID-19 cases are currently at 3,242,374, with 37,070 new infections logged on Monday. — BM, GMA News