DOH: COVID Cases Continue to Drop

Dr. Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa. File Photo
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The Decline in COVID-19 Cases: A Positive Trend

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to drop. From February 27 to March 4, only 251 new cases were reported, averaging 36 cases per day. This represents a significant decrease of 27% compared to the average of 133 daily cases reported from February 20 to 26.

It is encouraging to note that out of the 251 cases, only three were classified as severe or critical. Additionally, seven deaths were recorded during this period, with five occurring between February 20 and March 4. The DOH attributes the low severity and fatality rates to the high vaccination coverage in the country.

Positive Impact of Vaccination Efforts

The success of the vaccination campaign is evident in the current situation. The DOH reports that out of the 1,185 dedicated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds available, only 115, or 10%, are occupied. Similarly, only 1,119, or 11%, of the 10,097 dedicated COVID non-ICU beds are in use. These figures indicate a significant decrease in the demand for critical healthcare services related to COVID-19.

Health Secretary Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa expressed optimism about the current situation, stating, “Moving forward, we have learned our lessons and we now know better. The Universal Health Care (UHC) Act is still our reference, and it is the order of President Marcos to strengthen primary health care to prepare us for the next pandemic.”

Continued Vigilance and Preparedness

Despite the decline in COVID-19 cases, the DOH remains vigilant in monitoring new infectious disease threats and addressing various health conditions that affect Filipinos. This commitment to public health has been ongoing for four years since the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) implemented a nationwide enhanced community quarantine.

It is worth noting that it has been a year since President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. declared that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, based on the recommendation of the IATF-EID and in line with the World Health Organization’s pronouncements.

As we navigate the ongoing pandemic, it is essential to acknowledge the progress made in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The declining number of cases, coupled with the low severity and fatality rates, is a testament to the effectiveness of vaccination efforts and the collective commitment to public health. However, it is crucial to remain vigilant and prepared for any future health challenges. The DOH’s focus on strengthening primary healthcare and continuous monitoring of infectious diseases demonstrates their dedication to the well-being of the Filipino population.

Source: The Manila Times

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