The Philippines and majority of its regions are at minimal risk case classification with sustained low case trend in the recent week, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.
“National and all regions are at minimal risk case classification with negative two-week growth rate and average daily attack rate of less than 1 per 100,000 population in the current week,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
All provinces, high-urbanized cities, and independent component cities of areas remain under Alert Level 2 with minimal to low risk case classification or moderate risk case classification with low utilization rates, she said.
On Monday, the DOH logged 263 additional Covid-19 cases with 390 recoveries and 45 deaths. The total number of infections in the country stood at 2,837, 730.
There were four laboratories, which were non-operational on December 18, 2021. Also, there were 13 laboratories, which were not able to submit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.
Based on data in the last 14 days, the 17 labs contribute, on average, 7.8 percent of samples tested and 4.1 percent of positive individuals.
Meanwhile, Vergeire said that health systems capacity still at low risk in all areas
Percentage of critical cases among confirmed Covid-19 admissions are slowly declining, while the percentage of severe cases has shown a sharp decline since end of October.
Of the 966 total admissions as of Dec 19, 180 (19 percent) are severe cases and 74 (8 percent) are critical cases.
Vergeire said deaths that peaked at the end of September show a continuous decline.
“Improving case trends should not entail complacency since the threat of Covid-19 is still present. Ensure safe celebration of the upcoming festivities; we must continue to mask, distance, and avoid closed, crowded, and close contact settings,” Vergeire said.