(UPDATE) The Department of Health (DoH) has released new data showing a significant increase in Covid-19 cases nationwide. According to the report, there has been a 50 percent rise in new cases compared to the previous week.
From December 12-18, a total of 2,725 new cases were reported, which is 50 percent higher than the 1,821 new cases recorded from December 5-11. This surge in cases is a cause for concern as it indicates a potential resurgence of the virus.
The average number of new cases per day has also increased, rising from 260 on December 5-11 to 389 this week. This upward trend is a clear indication that the virus is spreading at an accelerated rate.
Based on the DoH’s Covid-19 tracker, as of December 15, Quezon City has the highest number of confirmed cases with 278,483, followed by Cavite with 245,221, Laguna with 183,170, Manila with 165,295, and Rizal with 161,149. These figures highlight the severity of the situation in these areas and the need for immediate action to contain the spread of the virus.
The DoH has also reported that there are currently 211 severe and critical patients admitted to hospitals as of December 17. This underscores the strain on the healthcare system and the urgent need for additional resources to provide adequate care to those in need.
Furthermore, out of the total 1,101 intensive care unit (ICU) beds designated for Covid patients, 142 or 12.9 percent are currently occupied. This occupancy rate indicates that there is still capacity within the healthcare system to accommodate more severe cases, but it is crucial to prevent further strain on the system.
In terms of vaccination efforts, more than 78 million people, or 100.44 percent of the target population, have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Additionally, 23 million individuals have received their booster shots, which is an important step in strengthening immunity against the virus.
However, it is worth noting that 7.1 million senior citizens, or 82.16 percent of the target A2 population, have not yet received their primary series of vaccinations. This highlights the need for continued efforts to prioritize and facilitate the vaccination of vulnerable populations.
In light of these developments, the Department of Health has issued a statement urging the public not to be complacent about the threat of Covid-19. It is essential to continue following the minimum public health standards, even under Alert Level 1. This includes wearing the best-fitted face mask and, whenever possible, staying in well-ventilated areas to reduce the risk of transmission.
The rise in Covid-19 cases serves as a reminder that the pandemic is far from over. It is crucial for individuals, communities, and governments to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus. By working together and adhering to recommended guidelines, we can protect ourselves and our communities from the ongoing threat of Covid-19.
Source: The Manila Times