DOH records 22,958 new COVID-19 infections; active cases down to 270K

DOH records 22,958 new COVID-19 infections; active cases down to 270K
A health worker collects a swab sample from a passenger to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a train station in Quezon City, suburban Manila on January 18, 2022
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Wednesday posted 22,958 additional COVID-19 infections, raising the total count to over 3.29 million.

For the second straight day, the number of active cases went down. According to the Department of Health, the number of people who are currently sick is at 270,728, or 8.2% of the total caseload.

The death toll increased by 82 to 53,044, while recoveries rose by 36,611 to 2,969,853.

Ninety-four of the newly-reported cases occurred from January 6 to January 19. The top regions with new cases in the past two weeks were Metro Manila (36%), Calabarzon (21%) and Central Luzon (9%).

The DOH said that 43.5% of 62,531 samples on January 17 tested positive for COVID-19, way above the threshold set by the World Health Organization.

Six testing laboratories did not submit data to the DOH.

More Omicron variant cases

  • The DOH reported the detection of 429 additional cases of the hyper-transmissible Omicron variant, raising the total count to 535. The latest genome sequencing run also found 115 new Delta variant cases and one case of the Alpha variant.
  • OCTA Research fellow Guido David said the growth rate of COVID-19 cases slowed down in the capital region and surrounding areas, but the spread of the virus continued to accelerate in other highly urbanized cities.
  • The Filipino Nurses United said it is appalled by the decision of the Department of Health to roll back contact tracing efforts and prioritize the testing of people at risk.

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LATEST UPDATE: March 15, 2022 - 10:13am

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

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.

February 26, 2022 - 4:04pm

The Department of Health reports an additional 1,223 COVID-19 cases, biring the national caseload to 3,660,020.

There are 53,934 active cases.

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