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Covid cases as of Jan. 8 hit 3,127

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 3,127 Covid-19 cases from January 2 to January 8, lower by 9 percent as compared to the previous week.

According to the DOH, the average daily cases last week reached 447.     There were 79 deaths reported. However, 17 occurred on December 26 to January 8.

Meanwhile, the DOH said, of the 2,379 ICU beds for Covid patients, 431(18.1 percent) are occupied.

Over 73 million individuals, or 94.48 percent of the target population, were vaccinated against Covid-19 while 21 million individuals received their booster shots.

The DOH said that 6.9 million senior citizens or 79.46 percent target A2 population have their primary series already.

Last December 30, the Department of Tourism said the current entry protocols of the Philippines are enough to address any concerns on the arrival of Chinese tourists. The same view was shared by the DOH despite the continuing spread of Covid infections in mainland China, citing the high rate of vaccination among Filipinos.

In a Viber message to the BusinessMirror, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said, “Protocols are already in place for foreign nationals arriving into the Philippines, whether they are of Chinese nationality or any other, as we do not discriminate against any nationality.”

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