The Department of Health (DOH) said it continues to see a sharp rise in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines as it reported more than 18,000 new infections on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
There were 18,056 new people who tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the country’s cumulative total to 2,266,066. Of the total, 7.8 percent or 177,670 are active cases or those who are still recuperating, the DOH said.
Of the active cases, 85.8 percent have mild symptoms, 9.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.6 percent are critical, 1.4 percent are severe, and 2.66 percent are moderate.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they continue to observe a “steep” increase in COVID-19 cases.
“Confirmed cases show a steep increase. Our epidemic curve shows that the latest peak at the fourth week of August has surpassed that peak seen last April of 2021,” Vergeire said during a public press briefing.
“Cases from Sept. 6 to 12 recorded 20,959 cases per day, an increase of 2,675 or 15 percent cases per day compared to the previous week of 18,284 cases,” she added.
Vergeire noted 28 percent of the new cases this September were coming from Metro Manila, 22 percent were from Calabarzon, and 11 percent were from Central Luzon.
“Nationally, we remain to be at high risk case classification,” she said.
Meanwhile, the majority of the country’s confirmed cases or 90.6 percent were tagged as recoveries while the death toll represents 1.57 percent.
The DOH said that there were 20,542 new recoveries and 222 more deaths logged on Tuesday, causing the recovery tally to increase to 2,052,867 while the death toll went up to 35,529.
WHO Country Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe urged the government to further intensify its efforts against COVID-19.
“We need to improve our testing. We need to improve our contact tracing mechanisms. We need to further expand our healthcare system so that we can manage the increase in the number of patients who require the support when they develop severe disease,” he said.
He urged the public to adhere to the health protocols.
“We need to ensure that everybody does everything possible to follow the minimum public health standards and ensure that there is less room for transmission. And that is everybody’s responsibility,” he said.
“We still have a long way to go with this battle and we need to continue to work together in unison to ensure that we can reduce the transmission and come out of this situation,” he added.