Philippines tallies 24,938 new COVID-19 infections

Philippines tallies 24,938 new COVID-19 infections
A conductor checks the temperature and Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination cards of passengers boarding a bus at a station in Quezon City, suburban Manila on January 18, 2022, as the Philippine government banned unvaccinated people from using public transport amid a record surge in coronavirus cases.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Monday reported 24,938 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 3,442,056.

Of the newly reported cases, 97% occurred from January 11 to 24. The regions with the highest number of additional infections during that period were Metro Manila (15%), Calabarzon (14%) and Central Visayas (11%).

The country’s death toll rose by 47 to 53,519, while recoveries increased by 35,461 to 3,125,540.

The number of active cases was down to 262,997, of which 95% had mild illness.

According to the DOH, 40.6% of 59,896 samples on January 22 tested positive for COVID-19, way above the threshold set by the World Health Organization.

Five testing laboratories did not submit data to the agency.

Daily cases hit record highs this month following the detection of local cases of the hyper-contagious Omicron variant. 

Metro Manila’s cases have peaked

  • COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the surge fueled by the Omicron variant, have peaked already, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
  • The DOH said the new compensation system for healthcare workers aims to “streamline everything and make transactions more efficient.”
  • Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines criticized what it said were “discriminatory, segregationist, and unconstitutional” measures proposed by the government’s pandemic task force.
  • Health authorities in the Philippines have yet to detect a sub-variant of Omicron, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

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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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