MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Philippines has recorded 12,414 COVID-19 cases just from last week, increasing the daily infection rates to 31 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday.
Just from May 8 to 14, the daily average cases has increased to 1,773, reported the agency. This is the highest rate for weekly cases in 30 weeks since October 10 to October 16, when DOH logged 15,173 cases according to ABS-CBN Investigative Research Group.
Active cases have also risen to 15,895, the most the Philippines has had in four months. Among the recent cases, 53 were deemed severe or critical, which was shown in the latest case bulletin from DOH.
As of Sunday, 8.8 percent of COVID-19 cases were deemed severe and critical, the agency stated.
This is seven percent higher than last week’s severe and critical cases. At least 18.8 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID patients are also being occupied. Non-ICU bed utilization rate was at 21.7 percent.
According to the DOH, there were no deaths that occurred from May 1 to 14.
Most of the new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks were in the National Capital Region, followed by Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, and Bicol Region.
Among the list, Quezon City has had the most cases in the past two weeks, followed by Rizal province, Cavite province, City of Manila, and Laguna province.
The World Health Organization does not consider COVID-19 as a global health emergency; however, the DOH called on the public to not take it easily as the pandemic is not over yet. – WhatALife!/Zain
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