OCTA Research: From 8,000 a day to 11,000
When the UP-OCTA Research team announced1 the possibility of 8,000 daily new COVID-19 cases by end of March, it was already higher than their previous prediction which was 6,000 confirmed daily infections.
Now, they have an even more concerning announcement: the figures could increase to 11,000 per day by end of March 2.
Representatives of the UP-OCTA Research team said that from the reproduction rate of 1.95, it’s now 2.03, which means an infected person can now infect two more people.
If the cases continue to spike, experts warn the public that they can see 20,000 daily cases by mid-April.
Authorities blame the new variants and lack of compliance with health protocols
The exact reason behind the rising cases of COVID in the Philippines is unclear, but authorities point to two possibilities: The continued spread of the new, more transmissible COVID variants and the people’s lapses in following the minimum health standards.