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NCR COVID-19 positivity rate rose slightly to 1.7% —OCTA

The seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) went up slightly from 1.6% as of Feb. 11 to 1.7% as of Feb. 18, OCTA Research said on Monday. 

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who were found positive for COVID-19 among the total number of individuals tested.

Such rate also increased in these areas as of Feb. 18:

  • Cebu: from 0.8% to 1.4%
  • Davao del Sur: from 2.8% to 3.8%
  • Iloilo: from 0.5% to 1.0%
  • Negros Occidental: 1.6% to 1.8%
  • Pangasinan: from 0.8% to 0.9%


Meanwhile, other areas reflected a decrease in their positivity rates as follows:

  • Batangas: from 1.1% to 0.7%
  • Bulacan: from 0.8% to 0.7%
  • Cavite: from 1.6% to 1.4%
  • Laguna: from 1.9% to 1.1%
  • Pampanga: from 1.5% to 0.7%

"The positivity rates in NCR and other major provinces remained LOW at less than 5%," OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said in a tweet.

OCTA based its figures from  the data of the Department of Health (DOH).

The World Health Organization's benchmark for positivity rate is 5%

The Philippines reported 142 new infections of COVID-19 on Sunday, data released by the DOH showed. 

According to GMA News Research, this is the fifth straight day the country has recorded over 100 new cases, and brings the country's total caseload to 4,075,524.

The country currently has 9,182 active cases.

Recoveries stood at 4,000,321 or 193 more than the previous day, the highest in four days.

There were 13 new deaths reported—the highest in three days after two straight days of fewer than 10 new deaths—bringing the total fatalities to 66,021. —KG, GMA Integrated News