MANILA – All regions in the country remain under low-risk classification for Covid-19 despite increase in the number of new infections.

In an online media forum Thursday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country logged 8,248 new cases from June 30 to July 6 with an average of 1,178 cases per day.

She noted the figure is somehow similar with the average during the last week of February until the first week of March at 1,194 cases per day.

“For, the National Capital Region (NCR), there are 550 cases per day, which continues to show sharp increase starting middle of May 2022. Among the remaining areas, the rest of Luzon, the NCR Plus areas, Visayas continue to have sharp increases but they are lower than 250 cases per day, while in Mindanao 50 cases per day,” she said.

Most of the regions have less than one per 100,000 population average daily attack rate.

However, the NCR, Calabarzon, and Western Visayas have an average daily attack rate of one to 3.4 cases per 100,000 population.

“With these, the national positivity rate has increased to 7.4 percent, similar to the rates that we’ve had during the late February of this year,” Vergeire said.

The severe and critical cases among the hospital admissions are at 635. Their count remains lower than 1,000 since March this year.

A decrease in the number of severe and critical admissions was seen in the recent days.

The national Covid-19 beds utilization remains low risk at 21 percent despite an increase of two percentage points compared to last week’s rate.

The intensive care unit utilization also remains at low risk with 17 percent of the total 22,659 dedicated beds occupied. (PNA)