COVID-19 in PH worst this April: analysis

COVID-19’s situation was the worst in the country last April, based on data from the Department of Health (DOH) analyzed by ABS-CBN Data Analytics.

According to ABS-CBN Data Analytics, 290,439 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in April, more than 265,738 cumulative cases recorded from October 2020 to February 2021.

“‘Yong phase na nakita talaga natin noong April, parang sa loob ng sampung araw, 100,000 ang nadadagdag eh,” said Edson Guido, head of ABS-CBN Data Analytics.

“Halos 4,000 din ang deaths na nai-report ng DOH noong April so hindi lang siya buwan na may pinakamaraming kasong nai-report kundi buwan din siya na may pinakamaraming namatay,” he added.

The analysis also showed that in the first 4 months of the year, there were 563,746 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, higher than the 473,681 cases recorded in 2020.

Guido has yet to say what will happen this May, where there are more than 8,000 daily average cases.

He said the number is just plateau or level and does not go down.

COVID-19 in PH worst this April: analysis

“Napaka-crucial nitong coming days. Dito natin malalaman kung talaga bang patuloy ‘yong pagbaba na makikita natin, na aabot tayo ng mas mababang lebel or nandoon pa rin ‘yong possibility talaga na puwedeng bumaliktad eh, puwedeng umangat dahil hindi nga natin makita ’yung tuloy-tuloy na pagbaba eh,” said Guido.

However, there is still hope to be seen this May as the number of active cases is decreasing and the number of people recovering from the disease is increasing.

This Sunday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines hit 1,054,983 after the DOH recorded an additional 8,346 cases.

Of that number, 71,472 were active or still ill.

The DOH also recorded 9,072 newly recovered for a total of 966,080 recoviers while 77 were recorded for the 17,431 toll.

More than keeping an eye on the numbers, health care workers are clamoring to the for a more concrete and effective response in responding to the sick.

“Bagamat binibigyan namin ng premium ‘yong paglahok ng mamamayan doon sa usapin ng pagsugpo sa pagkalat ng COVID-19, hindi naman puwede natin isisisi na lang lagi sa kanila kasi siyempre ‘yong rekurso, ‘yong main support system pa rin ay manggagaling sa pamahalaan,” said Dr. Julie Caguiat, convenor of Coalition for People’s Right to Health.

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