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DOH: Covid reproducti­on rate above 1 on April 22


THE Department of Health (DOH) said Friday, April 29, that the country’s reproducti­on rate for coronaviru­s disease (Covid-19) has climbed above 1, the benchmark set by the World Health Organizati­on (WHO), back in April 22.

In a statement, the DOH said the country’s R naught stood at 1.03 last April 22 but it did not last long.

“There was an incrementa­l increase in reproducti­on number (Rt) from 0.82 at the start of March 2022 to 1.03 last April 22,” said the DOH.

“The increase was small and not sustained,” it added.

According to the WHO, the ideal reproducti­on rate is less than one, as having greater than one, means that the infection will spread exponentia­lly.

The health department also pointed how the increase in reproducti­on rate did not result in any sustained spike in hospital admissions.

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