THREAD: Government eases restrictions in the NCR Plus bubble. But with thousands of new daily infections and hospitals operating beyond their limits, can we really afford to loosen health protocols?

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Dr. Ted Herbosa, adviser of the National Task Force Against COVID-19: Modified enhanced community quarantine is still an ECQ, just with lesser restrictions
Dr. @Teddybird on shift to MECQ: Economic losses, and health sector was already gaining — hospitals increased COVID-19 bed capacity, testing ramped up

Dr. @Teddybird on daily COVID-19 cases: Growth was exponential before. Now the number is plateauing, but it's still high.
Dr. @Teddybird says testing ramped up with the use of antigen tests: They're being distributed to local governments so COVID-positive patients can be isolated immediately
Dr. @Teddybird on situation in hospitals: Emergency departments are swamped. The problem is allocating COVID-19 beds to patients who need them. This is simple to solve with coordination.
Dr. @Teddybird: Doctors have to choose patients according to severity of condition
OCTA Research fellow Prof. Guido David: Last week the average daily cases in NCR was 4,665. The previous week was 5,500. Rather than plateauing, it’s a negative growth rate.
OCTA Research: Our reproduction rate now is 1.23 from 1.09 — it's a significant decrease. When it goes down to 1, it will be the start of a clear downward trend.
OCTA Research: Number of COVID-19 cases may not significantly decrease yet this week. We're also seeing upticks in other provinces outside NCR Plus.

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