PALAY DRYING. Farm workers place palay grains to dry along the Sta. Rosa road in Nueva Ecija before bringing them to a rice mill on Tuesday (June 28, 2022). The workers have been taking advantage of the humid weather to dry the grains. (MNS photo)

MANILA, June 29 (Mabuhay) — The number of Covid-19 cases continue to increase across all regions with a national positivity rate of 4.1 percent but the average daily attack rate remains low, a health official said Tuesday.

In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the current positivity rate is similar with the rate the country logged at the start of March this year.

“Nationally, we have recorded 4,976 new cases from June 21 to June 27. While we’re under low risk classification, the cases continue to rise at 710 cases per day, 257 cases or 57 percent more than the previous week,” she said. “There’s nothing to worry about because we’re still at less than one case per 100,000 population for our average daily attack rate.”

The National Capital Region (NCR) shows a steep increase in the number of Covid-19 cases which started in mid-May and has an average of 350 cases per day.

The rest of Luzon, NCR Plus areas, and the Visayas logged sharp increases in Covid-19 infections but their cases remain lower than 150 per day.

Cases in Mindanao also showed continued increase in infections in the past days at 50 cases per day.

“Based on the health status of those hospitalized, more than half remain asymptomatic and mild. The number of severe and critical admissions at the national level remains less than 1,000 cases starting March or mid-March of 2022 despite continued slight increase in cases in the past days,” Vergeire said.

The severe and critical cases comprise at least 10.68 percent or 591 cases of the total hospital admissions and this remains lower than the 20 percent logged in January, she added. (MNS)

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