The Department of Health said it is too early to say that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is declining after independent research group OCTA said that the growth rate in Metro Manila has slowed down.
Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that it is mainly because of the difference in how they gather and look at data. OCTA looks at it on a per day basis, but this is highly dependent on laboratory submissions that may be incomplete. She said that the DOH looks at this through a 7-day moving average.
Vergeire stressed that there is still a need to be cautious and continue the interventions set in place to prevent the increase in COVID-19 cases. She urged the public to also monitor the number of new cases reported daily.
She said the Department of Health is now working to increase vaccinations all over the country.