More Filipinos dying of Covid-19 – OCTA

More Filipinos are dying of Covid-19, especially in the National Capital Region (NCR), a team of researchers said on Sunday.

A special report published by OCTA Research said that the case fatality rate (CFR) in NCR rose to 2.02 percent, compared to 1.8 percent last October 2020.

“This means a higher percentage of people are dying due to Covid-19,” the team of researchers said.

OCTA said there are 100,250 active cases in Metro Manila. Based on the CFR of about two percent, 2,091 of them will die.

The CFR in different age groups varies, the group noted.

Technicians prepare the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation at the Pasay City Cemetery and Crematorium on Saturday, April 11, 2021. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

As of April 10, the mortality rate for those aged 65 and above was at 12.82 percent; 6.34 percent for those aged 60-64, 3.54 percent for those aged 55 to 59 and 0.66 percent for those aged 18 to 55.

Meanwhile, the reproduction number in Metro Manila decreased to 1.24 from April 4 to 10, a week after the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The average number of new coronavirus cases in NCR is at 4,676 which is “15 percent lower compared to the previous week.”

The reproduction number indicates how infectious a disease is, and the current number means that each carrier transmits more than one infection.

On Sunday, the country reported 11,681 new cases, bringing the total to 864,868.

The death toll remained high with 201 new deaths, for a total of 14,945.