The DOH reports 11,681 new cases today, pushing the total cases of the Philippines to 864,868. Sunday is normally the day when the recovery haul is reported, and today posts 55,204 recoveries. While this brings the total active cases to 16.9 percent, the number of reported active cases is still high at close to 150,000.
New deaths are reported at 201 for today.
Positivity rates for tests are still past 20 percent and occupancy of ICU beds and isolation beds, based on reports by the DOH, is past critical levels. Reports, however, from some hospitals are more grim.
While the reproductive number in the NCR is now lower at 1.24, this should not make the government and the people complacent as the IATF lowers the quarantine restrictions to MECQ in spite of the high numbers we are still recording. For the week of April 4-10, 2021 alone, the Philippines had almost 70,000 new cases and 1,323 new deaths.
The DOH released the data from the Philippine Genome Center Biosurveillance Report (batches 12-14) based on 1,361 samples sequenced nationally. While most of the variants are B.188.8.131.52 (UK variant), it is quite alarming that there are more B.1.351 (South African variant) as additional cases in the latest batches. Data as of April 9, 2021 shows both the UK and SA variants dominating the type of variants present. Note that not all samples swabbed undergo genomic sequencing.
With cases averaging 10,000 daily in the country, the Philippines displaces Sweden from its 27th place in world ranking and is now behind Iraq—which is experiencing a difficult second surge as well but has an average of 7,000 new cases daily. Lower than the 7-day average of the Philippines.
The weekend summary shows the current testing capacity of the Philippines. Note the fewer daily COVID-19 tests conducted within the week interval because of the Holy Week holiday and the share of COVID-19 tests that are positive has skyrocketed past the 5 percent acceptable mark.
On cases and deaths from COVID-19, the Philippines also sees a large sudden peak for deaths and cases. Cases, however, see a tinge of decline, again because of the fewer reports due to the fewer testing done during the Holy Week holiday.
The graph below provides an overview on how select Asian neighbors are faring compared to the Philippines in the pandemic.