PH now at ‘low risk’

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Facade of the Department of Health in the Philippines.

Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippines is now nationally considered under ‘low risks’ given the decline in cases in most of the regions in the country.

She reiterated that while the the low risk classification with a negative two-week growth rate at -48 percent and a moderate-risk average daily attack rate (ADAR) at 5.89 cases per 100,000 individuals, we still need to be vigilant and not complacent in observing health protocols since most of the hospitals were still full of Covid-19 patients.

“We are not saying that we are out of the woods. What we are saying is a matter of fact and based on monitoring of the data we have right now.” Vergeire said in a press briefing. “But we are not saying that we have no more problems.”

The health official also urged national agencies and local government units to strictly implement health and safety protocols to prevent a surge in cases.

As of Oct. 27, the Philippines now has 53,642 active cases summing the total confirmed cases to 2,765,672 where 2,669,963 recovered from the virus and 42,077 died from Covid-19.