THE independent Octa Research on Friday, March 17, 2023, said the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positivity rate of the National Capital Region (NCR) continued to climb this month, and is now at three percent.

In a social media post, Octa fellow Guido David said the positivity rate of NCR is now at three percent as of March 15 2023, from 2.1 percent as of March 8.

Prior to it, the NCR positivity rate also climbed from 1.8 percent as of March 1, to 2.1 percent as of March 8.

“Positivity rate in NCR has been rising,” David said.

He said they expect the trend in Metro Manila to continue in the next few weeks, but not at alarming levels.

“At this time, we expect it to increase further but not to the levels seen in 2022,” said David.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the threshold for positivity rate for Covid-19 at five percent, which means the transmission is under control.

Positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of the overall number of those who have been tested. (SunStar Philippines)