PH records 318 new COVID-19 cases, rise in positivity rate

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2021 05:05 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2021 11:14 PM

Shoppers head to Carriedo Street in Manila on December 23 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File
Shoppers head to Carriedo Street in Manila on December 23 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

A total of 2,838,792 COVID-19 cases have so far been confirmed since the coronavirus reached the Philippines last year. Of the total, 9,579 or 0.3 percent remain active infections, based on the latest case bulletin.

COVID-related deaths increased by 11 to 51,211.

A total of 255 more recoveries were also reported, raising the total number of recuperations to 2,778,002. 

The positivity rate went up to 2.2 percent, based on test results of samples from 14,237 individuals on Dec. 25, a bit higher than last Wednesday's 1.4 percent.

The intensive care unit (ICU) bed utilization rate in Metro Manila and across the country stood at 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III said the Philippines' recovery rate is increasing, as 97.86 percent of COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country. 

He called for immediate action against the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, which has 4 confirmed cases already in the Philippines, as cases noticeably began to rise amid the holidays.

"In the next few weeks, it's up to us to delay the spread of the Omicron variant in our country. We must take preventive action especially there has been a small increase in cases," he said in a public briefing led by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

As of writing, the Philippines has fully immunized at least 47.1 million of its 109 million population against the coronavirus, vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez said.

The government aims to achieve complete vaccination for 54 million people before the end of December, 77 million by the first quarter of next year, 90 million by the second quarter, and the rest of population by the third quarter.

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