MANILA – The number of coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) continues its increase at 52 percent higher than the previous week.

In its latest Covid-19 situation report, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that the region logged 442 new infections for the period of June 25 to July 1 – 151 cases or 52 percent higher than last week’s count of 291.

As of June 30, NCR’s weekly positivity rate, or the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 in an area, is now at 8.2 percent.

Nationally, the case trend also shows a continuous increase with its average daily reported cases 53 percent higher at 914 for the period of June 25 to July 1 compared to the previous week’s 599.

Currently, the country’s weekly positivity rate increased to 6 percent.

As of July 1, the country logged 6,399 new cases which brought the overall tally to 3,705,649.

The top five regions with the most number of new infections include the NCR with 3,097; Calabarzon, 1,170; Western Visayas, 537; Central Luzon, 464; and Central Visayas, 318.

Meantime, the top five regions with the most number of new cases include Quezon City with 730; Cavite, 446; City of Manila, 443; City of Makati, 432; and Laguna, 293.

The DOH said about 89 or 86 percent of the areas outside the NCR report case increases.

“Of these, 57 areas showing both positive one-week growth rate (OWGR) and two-week growth rate (TWGR), 32 remaining areas have either positive OWGR or TWGR. All areas have low risk average daily attack rates while Lucena City, Bohol, and Tawi-Tawi at moderate to critical risk healthcare utilization,” it added.

The utilization rate of Covid-19 beds in hospitals nationwide remains under the low-risk classification at 19 percent.

Moreover, the national intensive care unit bed utilization remains under the low-risk classification at 15 percent.

Data from the National Admissions by Health Status showed that only 10.62 percent or 648 cases of the total 6,103 admissions are severe and critical cases as of June 30.

Covid-19 fatalities are on a continued decline from a peak this year in January (2,379 deaths), averaging one death per day in May 2022.

Only three Covid-19 deaths were logged for the month of June 2022. (PNA)