DOH: New Covid-19 cases drop by 28%, PH remains ‘low risk’

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MANILA – A health official stated on Monday that the number of new Covid-19 cases across the country has dropped by 28 percent in the recent week.

“Our epidemic curve shows that the current average of daily cases have further decreased by 550 cases this week. We have the daily average reported cases in the country at 1,436,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media forum.

The figure is 28 percent lower than the 1,986 cases reported from November 8 to 14.

The top five regions with the most number of new cases are the National Capital Region (NCR) with 429 cases; Region 3, 351 cases; Region 4-A (Calabarzon), 351; Region 2, 211; and Region 12, 175.

The top five areas with the most number of new cases are Isabela with 161; South Cotabato, 149; Bulacan, 120; Laguna, 193; and Quezon City, 91.

According to the latest data from the Department of Health, the average daily cases in the NCR have reached a plateau in the recent week.

The average daily reported cases for the period of November 15 to 21 are 315, which is 120 infections or 28 percent lower than the 435 cases recorded for the period of November 8 to 14.

“Nationally we are at a low risk case classification with a negative two week growth rate at – 49 percent and moderate risk average daily attack rate at 1.55 cases for every 100,000 individuals,” Vergeire said.

The national health system’s capacity is at risk, and all regions are now classified as minimal to low risk, with a negative two-week growth rate and average daily attack rates less than 7 per 100,000 population, she noted.

As of November 20, the total Covid-19 beds capacity nationwide are at low risk with 24 percent utilization while the national intensive care unit beds are at low risk with 31 percent utilization.

The total death toll in the country from November 1 to 21 is 566, or 27 per day on average.

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.