PH back to high-risk status due to increase in COVID-19 cases: DOH

The Philippines was re-placed in the classification as a high-risk area in COVID-19 due to cases kicking off 47% nationwide in just two weeks due to the more contagious Delta variant, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday.

From August 2 to 8, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said an average of 8,829 new cases were recorded each day. Before that, there was an average of 7,029 new cases per day in recent weeks.

“Nationally, our case classification is now at high risk,” the official said in a press briefing.

She added, “local Delta cases have been detected in 13 out of our 17 regions in the country.”

It also appeared that the average daily rate (or ADAR) kicked off to 7.20 cases per 100,000 population, the healthcare utilization rate was at 54.70%, and the intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy rate was at 61.71% as of Aug. 6.

Last week, the ’s risk classification was placed at “moderate” from “low” due to an increase in cases in July.

Metro Manila, Cordillera Region, and Regions 1, 2, 4A, 7, and 10 are considered high-risk areas due to high ADAR.

Malabon, Navotas, and Pateros are at critical risk.

Based on DOH data, new COVID-19 cases in have risen by 123% in the past two weeks.

PH back to high-risk status due to increase in COVID-19 cases: DOH

Earlier, the DOH also announced an increase in cases in all “age groups” on July 13-25 compared to July 26-August 8, not just among children.

“Among the age groups, the highest increase was observed among the 30-39 age group and lowest among those 80 years old and above during the same period,” said DOH.

Based on newly collected data by the Department of Health, here are the new incoming data for today:

  • all COVID-19 cases: 1,667,714
  • still recovering: 78,480, or 4.7% of total infections
  • new recoveries: 7,937, reason to be 1,560,106 all recovering
  • new deaths: 6, which raises the total local death toll to 29,128

According to a new DOH record, the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 has reached 13 of the 17 regions in the Philippines. Of the 450 cases in the Philippines, 426 are recovering, but 10 are dying.

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