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7-day average COVID-19 cases lowest since early August —OCTA


The Philippines has recorded its lowest seven-day average COVID-19 cases since early August at 10,452, according to OCTA Research on Monday.

The 29% decrease is the lowest since the August 6 to 12 period during the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in many areas, including Metro Manila, OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David said on Twitter.

David also said the country's reproduction number was 0.70, down from the 0.96 reported on September 29, while the growth rate was at 29%.

Reproduction number refers to the number of people that one COVID-19 case can infect. A reproduction number that is below 1 indicates that the transmission of the virus is slowing down.

Though the country recorded 12,159 new cases on October 10, which is the highest since October 3, David said this is not a cause for concern.

"However, there are areas in Northern Luzon and Western Mindanao [that are] in the midst of a delta variant surge," he added, referring to the more transmissible coronavirus variant.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 2,666,562 COVID-19 cases, of which 90,927 are active. This active case count is lowest since the 87,663 tally on August 12.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries rose to 2,536,011 after 27,727 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness. This is the highest number of recoveries logged since the 45,249 on October 3.

The death toll climbed to 39,624 with 119 new fatalities. —KBK, GMA News

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