Increase in cases outside NCR ‘more evident’: DOH

The Department of Health on Thursday said the increase of Covid-19 cases across the country is “more evident” in the past week particularly in Mindanao and Luzon, outpacing the National Capital Region’s infections.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director Alethea de Guzman said, “Despite the increase in cases, we haven’t seen yet any jumps in the percent of active cases, (we’re left at) less than 5 percent, we want that to stay that way that it won’t be higher than the around 4 percent of the total cases remaining to be active.”

De Guzman noted the country’s severe and critical cases are at 3 to 4 percent while the cumulative case fatality rate is at 1.6 to 1.7 percent.

As of June 2, the top five regions with the most new cases are NCR with 954; Region 4A (or Calabarzon) with 775; Region 3 (or Central Luzon) with 533; Region 6 (or Western Visayas) with 391; and Region 11 (or Davao) with 368.

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