DOH: PH now ‘high risk’ for COVID-19

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MANILA – Following an upsurge in cases toward the end of 2021, the country is now classified as high risk for Covid-19, according to a health official on Monday.

The epidemic curve shows that the current average daily cases have climbed by 570 percent this week – December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 – which is seven times higher than in previous weeks, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

“Nationally we are now at high-risk case classification from low-risk case class in the previous week showing a positive two-week growth rate at 222 percent, and a “moderate risk average daily attack rate of 1.07 case for every 100,000 individuals,” Vergeire stated in a media forum.

Based on the most recent Department of Health data, the island groups are showing signs of an increase in cases, while the National Capital Region (NCR) shows a sharp upsurge in the recent weeks.

“Likewise, the NCR is at high-risk case classification showing a high risk one week growth rate and two-week growth rate and moderate risk daily average attack rate of 5.42 cases per 100,000 population,” Vergeire said.

The region’s health-care capacity remains to be under 50 percent utilization, while national bed capacity is at low risk, with total utilization at 18 percent and intensive care unit beds utilization at 22 percent.

The five other regions with positive one week growth rate and two-week growth rate include Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Region 3, Region 9, Region 11 and Region 10. These regions have low to moderate risk case classification.

“The rest of the regions showed positive increasing cases only in the recent one week. Healthcare utilization rate in all regions remains to be low risk,” Vergeire said.

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.