DOH Reports that PH is Back to ‘Moderate Risk’ Status for COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Department of Health announced that the Philippines reverts back to moderate risk status for COVID-19. This follows the surge brought by the highly contagious Omicron variant. 

Philippines now put under ‘moderate risk’ status as daily COVID-19 infections slow down. | IMG Source: Philippine Star

In a press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire shared the technicalities of the current situation. “We show a negative one-week and two-week growth rate. Our average daily attack rate now is still at high-risk though it dropped to 19.43 cases per every 1,000 individuals. Our national health systems capacity, both total beds and intensive care units, are both low-risk.” 

Vergeire also said that the number of hospital admissions and usage rapid testing have decreased. She also noted that cases in Metro Manila and NCR Plus are continuously going down. As for Visayas, the region’s rising cases have slowed down. 

It was last January 10 when the Philippines was considered high risk status. Then on January 15, the country saw its highest daily tally with 39,004 infections. 

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