The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday that the Philippines logged a total of 1,682 new COVID-19 cases from June 7 to 12.
The daily average of 240 cases is 30.4% higher than the average of 185 cases logged from May 30 to June 5, the agency said.
On Sunday, DOH reported 308 new cases, the highest in nearly two months. The previous most number of cases reported was on April 20, with 365 new infections.
Out of the total cumulative cases, 498 severe and critical cases are currently admitted.
Meanwhile, 16.6% of the intensive care unit beds and 20.13% of non-ICU COVID-19 beds are occupied. Data shows that the increase in cases does not translate to higher hospitalization or intensive care unit utilization.
During the past week, five verified deaths were recorded by DOH, with two deaths logged from May 30 to June 12.
This week, eight cases are recorded as severe or critical.
The health agency also noticed a slight increase in cases when subvariants of the Omicron variant (BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5) were detected.
BA.5 is a subvariant identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the cause of infections in South Africa in May. According to DOH, it does not cause severe or critical illness despite being infectious.
DOH also said that the government might raise the Alert Level to 2 if the cases continue to rise.
Until June 15, most parts of the country are under Alert Level 1, including NCR.
Under Alert Level 2, indoor capacity in select establishments is at 50% and 70% outdoors.
DOH advises the public to continue following existing protocols to curb the transmission of the virus. – WhatALife!
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