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COVID-19 cases in Philippines hit another record high at 34,021

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COVID-19 cases in Philippines hit another record high at 34,021
Passengers present their vaccination cards to personnel upon entry at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) in Tambo, Parañaque City on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. The Department of Transportation has started implementingn a "no vaccination, no ride" policy on public transportation throughout Metro Manila.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Thursday registered 34,021 additional cases—a new record-high—as the country battles a fresh surge in infections driven by the hyper-contagious Omicron variant.

Thursday's tally beat the previous record of 33,169 infections logged on Monday. 

The additional infections brought the nation’s caseload to 3,092,409.

According to the Department of Health, 98% of the newly reported cases occurred from December 31 to January 13.

Half of the infections were from Metro Manila. Twenty-one percent of the cases were from Calabarzon, while 11% were from Central Luzon.

The positivity rate was 47.9% out of 78,866 tests. This was way above the 5-percent threshold of the World Health Organization for opening economies.

Seven testing laboratories did not submit their data to the DOH.

The death toll hit 52,736 after 82 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 4,694 to 2,802,286.

There are 34,021 active cases, which accounted for 7.7% of the total confirmed infections. Nearly 95% of the active cases have mild symptoms.

Changes in protocols

  • The DOH updated its protocols on quarantine and isolation periods, shortening the durations for fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients and close contacts of positive individuals.
     
  • The agency also said that asymptomatic close contacts are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing. The new policies will be presented to the government’s pandemic task force.
     
  • The Department of Education allowed its regional offices and school division offices to suspend classes in January depending on the health status of teachers and students, and the risk classification in their areas.
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  • Transport advocacy groups said banning the unvaccinated from using public transportation will only inconvenience commuters.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OMICRON VARIANT
As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 19, 2022 - 4:08pm

Bite-sized updates on the emerging coronavirus Omicron variant outbreak and third wave of the pandemic in the Philippines. — Photo by The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

January 19, 2022 - 4:08pm

The DOH logs 22,958 new COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total to 3,293,625.

Active cases are at 270,728 or 8.2% of total.

The positivity rate is at 43.5%.

January 18, 2022 - 4:08pm

The DOH reports 28,471 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 43.4%.

Active cases are at 284,458 or 8.7% of the total cases.

January 18, 2022 - 2:55pm

Labor group TUCP frowned at the Labor Advisory released by the labor department to govern paid isolation and quarantine leave as “lackadaisically crafted and unacceptable.”

The Labor Advisory is clearly insensitive to the situation of both workers and employers, the labor group said, adding, “DOLE opted to just "go through the motions", never bothering to come up with incentives or tax credits for employers for them to accord the benefits of paid isolation and quarantine leave to their workers.”

TUCP claimed to have earlier proposed that the DOLE  explore options with the BIR, the DTI, or SSS, “but they never bothered to look into this. 

The Labor Advisory only "urges" employers to provide paid isolation and quarantine leave, TUCP said, explaining further, “this provides only an illusory safety net for thousands of workers now isolating or going into quarantine.” -- The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 17, 2022 - 4:06pm

The Philippines logs 37,070 new COVID-19 cases, the fourth highest single daily rise since the pandemic began.

Active cases hit a new record high for the sixth straight day with 290,938 cases or 9% of the total.

The positivity rate is 46%.

January 17, 2022 - 2:33pm

Daily growth rate in Metro Manila is now at -1%, which means that cases in the capital region could be decreasing, OCTA Research says.

OCTA fellow Guido David says Metro Manila has recorded a lower number of new COVID-19 cases over the past four days.

"While this trend is encouraging, suggesting the possibility that cases in the NCR have peaked, the possibility still remains that visibility of the situation in the NCR is clouded because of limitations in testing," OCTA reports.

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