New Covid-19 cases 37% lower: health exec

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New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are 37 percent lower as compared to the period before the onset of Omicron subvariant, a health official said Tuesday.

In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Covid-19 cases are continuously declining with an average daily case of 159 for the week of May 3 to 9 which is 19 percent lower than last week’s 196.

National Admission by Health Status data showed that cases are mostly asymptomatic (18.55 percent) and mild (37.19 percent) as of May 8.

The severe and critical cases comprise 11.86 percent only of the total admissions and they have remained relatively low since November 2021.

The country’s healthcare utilization rate remains low risk at 16 percent while the total intensive care unit bed utilization rate is at 17 percent.

“Nananatili rin pong nasa minimal risk classification ang ating bansa kahit nagkaroon ng bahagyang pagtaas ng kaso. Limang rehiyon (Our country remains under minimal risk classification despite a slight increase in cases. Five regions), Regions 2, 4-B, 5, 7 and 8 are under low risk case classification with positive growth rate in the recent two weeks while Regions 1, 3 and BARMM are at minimal risk case classification with positive growth rate in the recent one week,” Vergeire said.

“The slight increase in cases still does not translate to higher average daily attack rates and hospital admissions,” she added

Source: Philippines News Agency

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