DOH: Covid-19 transmission’s new peak nears April level

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MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) official said on Monday that the peak of Covid-19 infections in the second week of August can now be compared to the maximum number of cases documented in April of this year.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised Palace briefing that the country’s epidemic curve reveals a rise in cases every week.

“On a national level, sumailalim na rin po sa pagtaas ng kaso noong nakaraang linggo. Ang mga kaso po nung (there has been an increase in cases in the past week. The cases from) August 10 to 16, we already have 12, 824 cases per day,” Vergeire said.

When compared to the previous week from August 3 to 9, there were only 8,930 cases, this result represents a 45 percent rise in cases per day.

“Looking at the average cases and percentage change between June to August 12 per age group. We can see an increase of cases in all age groups and increase among 0 to 9 years old increased by 60 percent in July and 74 percent in August,” Vergeire said.

She also stated that there was no significant change in the percent contribution of any age group to total cases, and that cases from 20 to 59 years old continue to have the highest proportion of occurrences.

Cases that belong to 0 to 39 age group climbed by 1 percentage point from June to August, while cases belonging to 50 to 79 age group declined by 1 percentage point.

During the same period, fatalities per day among ages 0 to 19 remained at less than one per day, the lowest of any age group.

“Deaths from June to August decreased but we noted that it increased from 0.47 to 0.52 per day for the 0 to 9 years old,” Vergeire said.

As of August 12, the 60 years old and above age group continues to account for majority of deaths while fatalities in pediatric age range remained at 0 to 1 percent of the total deaths.

Meanwhile, the age groups 30 to 39 years old and 40 to 49 years old show an increasing trend by 3 to 4 percentage points.

The DOH announced on Tuesday 10,035 new confirmed cases and 96 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 105,787 and the death toll to 30,462, respectively.

A total of 10,858 patients have beaten the Covid-19, bringing the country’s overall recovery count to 1,629,462, according to the DOH.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.