By Ma. Teresa Montemayor
MANILA – The daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases decreased by 39 percent from Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 1, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
From 813 daily infections recorded from Dec. 19 to 25, 2022, the number went down to 494 in the recent week.
The latest case bulletin showed 3,458 new cases and 164 verified deaths.
Of the additional deaths, the DOH said 32 occurred from Dec. 19, 2022 to Jan. 1.
To date, the Philippines has 12,660 active Covid-19 infections.
Overall since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, the country has logged over 4 million coronavirus cases and more than 65,000 fatalities.
During the same seven-day period, three cases were added to the tally of severe and critical infections, which also went down to 433 from the previous week’s 516.
Only 16.2 percent or 350 out of the 2,155 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, while 16.2 percent or 350 of 2,155 non-ICU beds are utilized.
About 73,775,259 or 94.46 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578) are vaccinated against Covid-19, including 79.45 percent of 8,721,357 senior citizens, as of Jan. 2.
As of Jan. 1, a total of 21,169,446 have received booster shots out of the fully vaccinated population. (PNA)