Philippines logs 23,883 COVID-19 cases in past week; 321 deaths reported

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Posted at Aug 22 2022 04:51 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2022 06:38 PM

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. NIAID
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. NIAID

MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippines logged 23,883 additional COVID-19 cases in the past week, the Department of Health said Monday. 

From Aug. 15 to 21, the country recorded an average of 3,412 daily infections, which is 15 percent lower compared to the previous week, according to the health department's latest bulletin.

This is the fourth straight week that weekly cases reached 20,000, said the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group. 

The country recorded 24,101 cases in the week of July 25 to 31, and 27,315 cases from Aug. 1 to 7, based on the DOH COVID-19 data drop. In the week of Aug. 8 to 14, the health department reported 28,008 infections, based on its case bulletin. 

Last week's tally was the lowest in 4 weeks or since the week of July 18 to 24, when 19,428 cases were logged in the DOH data drop, ABS-CBN IRG added.

Of the new infections during the past week, 101 were severe and critical.

A total of 811 or 9.7 percent of COVID-19 patients in hospitals were in severe and critical condition as of Sunday, said the DOH.

According to ABS-CBN IRG, this is the fourth straight week that the severe and critical cases have accounted for more than 9 percent of the total COVID-19 admissions. 

This is the highest proportion of severe and critical admission to total COVID-19 admissions in 8 weeks, or since the week of June 20 to 26, when the proportion was at 10.7 percent, ABS-CBN IRG said.

Some 699 or 27 percent of 2,586 intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients were occupied as of Sunday.

This is the fifth straight week with ICU bed utilization rate above 20 percent. The ICU bed utilization rate in the weeks of July 18 to Aug. 14 ranged from 21.7 percent to 28 percent, ABS-CBN IRG said.

During the past week, the DOH said it verified 321 more COVID-related fatalities, citing late encoding of death information. The deaths occurred in the following months: 

  • - 109 in August 2022
  • - 90 in July 2022
  • - 20 in June 2022
  • - 3 in May 2022
  • - 16 in April 2022
  • - 23 in March 2022
  • - 42 in February 2022
  • - 1 in January 2022
  • - 1 in December 2021
  • - 1 in November 2021
  • - 3 in October 2021
  • - 2 in September 2021
  • - 3 in August 2021
  • - 1 in June 2021
  • - 1 in May 2021
  • - 3 in April 2021
  • - 1 in March 2021
  • - 1 in January 2021

Some 72.3 million people have been fully vaccinated against the respiratory disease, of whom 17.4 million have received their booster shots.

 

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