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DoH warns of ‘possible’ 30K daily cases in NCR



The Department of Health (DoH) on Thursday warned against the continued rise in the number of cases, particularly in the National Capital Region.

In a press briefing, officer-in-charge director of the DoH Epidemiology Bureau Dr. Althea de Guzman, said the case projection in NCR could get as high as 30,000 cases by the end of September.

“But what I do remember is by the end of September, the average daily cases based on that range will be around 30,000 cases per day and that’s for NCR alone,” De Guzman said.

However, later in the day, the DoH issued a clarification on the projected average cases per day.

“The projected average 30,000 cases per day for September 30, 2021, in NCR is ‘not cast in stone’ and can change, especially with the local government units (LGUs) implementing targeted, granular lockdowns, enhancing active case finding, and fast-tracking vaccination,” it said.

The DoH also said that based on a set of assumptions, daily cases in NCR for 30 September may range from 16,000 to 43,000.

The department added that the assumptions used included mobility, public health and healthcare capacities and system, and the public’s adherence to the minimum public health standards.

The announcement came a day after the country breached two million Covid-19 cases.