DOH adds 37,154 new COVID-19 cases, total at 3.2 million

DOH adds 37,154 new COVID-19 cases, total at 3.2 million
San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City displays full capacity for COVID-19 cases sign on Jan. 14, 2022.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Sunday added 37,154 more confirmed infections, bringing the national caseload to 3,205,396. 

This comes after Saturday afternoon's 39,004 new cases marked a new record for single-day additions in the Philippines.

Positivity rate: The newly confirmed cases made up 47.4% out of 81,381 tests, well above the 5-percent threshold of the World Health Organization for opening economies.

Laboratories testing: According to the Department of Health, 12 testing laboratories, which make up 2.7% of all samples tested and 3.4% of all positive cases, were not able to submit their data.

Deaths: The department also reported 50 additional fatalities, raising the death toll to 52,907 or 1.65% of all cases.

Recoveries: As of the DOH's latest update, 30,037 more patients recovered from the virus for a total of 2,864,633 recoveries since the pandemic started.

Active cases: Given the total deaths and recoveries, 287,856 patients are still classified as active cases, which represent 9.0% of the confirmed total infections.

The Department of Health has since confirmed that there is community transmission of the Omicron variant in Metro Manila.

As of this writing, only 67.8 percent of Metro Manila residents are fully vaccinated. The DOH said that 66% of all ward beds and 57% of all ICU beds in Metro Manila are now being utilized.

Both national and local executives have ramped up pressure against the unvaccinated in the past few weeks. Along with the Department of Transportation, Metro Manila's mayors unanimously agreed to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated people in the capital region. A number of local governments have already passed ordinances banning the unvaccinated from entering malls, establishments, and public transportation in their localities. 

It has been 670 days since the first enhanced community quarantine was hoisted in some areas in Luzon. 

Franco Luna




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LATEST UPDATE: June 6, 2022 - 5:12pm

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

June 6, 2022 - 5:12pm

The Philippines logged 599 severe and critical COVID-19 patients in hospitals on June 5, DOH sayd.

Out of the 2,632 ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients, only 386 (14.7%) were occupied.

From May 30 to June 5, there have been 1,295 new COVID-19 cases in the country. The daily average is now at 185.

March 15, 2022 - 10:13am

The National Capital Region remains the region with most new COVID-19 cases as of March 14, 2022, according to data from OCTA Research.

Metro Manila logged 141 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Among provinces, Cebu registered the most new cases with 57, followed by Iloilo with 56, Cavite with 23 and Rizal with 23.

March 7, 2022 - 9:16am

Among highly urbanized cities in Luzon, Puerto Princesa is the lone city that remains at moderate risk for COVID-19 due to very high testing positivity rate, OCTA Research says.

As of March 6, NCR, Baguio City, Naga City and Santiago were at low risk.

Meanwhile, Angeles, Dagupan, Lucena and Olongapo improved to very low risk.

March 5, 2022 - 4:40pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 941 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 3,666,678.

As of Saturday, there are 49,374 active cases.

March 4, 2022 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 853 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 3,665,747.

To date, there are 50,230 active cases.

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