Philippines logs average of 4K daily Covid-19 cases from 8-14 August

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Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

The daily average of Covid-19 cases went up by 3 percent for the period August 8 to 14, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday (15 August).

From 3,904 per day from August 1 to 7, the number swelled to 4,001 daily last week.

The latest case bulletin showed there were 28,008 new cases and 229 verified deaths in the recent week. Of the additional deaths, 98 occurred from August 1 to 14.

For the same period, 101 cases were added to the tally of severe and critical infections, which went up to 822 from the previous week’s 772.

Only 28 percent or 719 out of the 2,571 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, while 30.9 percent or 6,781 of 21,968 non-ICU beds are utilized.

To date, about 72,107,090 or 92.33 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578) are vaccinated against Covid-19, including 77.96 percent of 8,721,357 senior citizens.

As of August 14, a total of 17,015,413 have received booster shots out of the fully vaccinated population.

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Meanwhile, on Wednesday (18 August) Davao City government renews call for vaccination after 6 Covid-19 related deaths in the city.

The city government reiterated its call Thursday for residents to take their two-dose vaccination series and booster shots following Covid-19-related deaths recorded from August 7-13.

Of the six deaths, two were unvaccinated, three were administered with the first dose, and one completed the two-dose series without any booster jab.

Four of the recent Covid-19 casualties were senior citizens while one is from the 10 to 19 years old bracket and another belonged to the 20 to 29 population group.

In a radio interview, Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the city Covid-19 task force spokesperson, said residents should not be complacent since the city also logged a 14 percent positivity rate on August 17.

With the 9.4 average daily positivity rate from August 7 to 14, Schlosser said the public should be even more vigilant in going out to attend the ongoing Kadayawan festivities.

“If others do not get vaccinated, there is a great possibility that they will be infected, and then it would be very unfortunate if they infect an unvaccinated person who will be at high risk of dying from Covid-19,” Schlosser said.

Although the vaccine does not offer absolute protection from the virus, she said vaccines protect individuals who have them from severe or critical types of Covid-19 that may lead to death.

“Fully vaccinated individuals or those who have received booster shots, only become mild or asymptomatic cases when they do get infected,” she said