Over 7K new COVID-19 cases detected—DOH

Published October 16, 2021, 4:41 PM

by Analou de Vera


The Philippines saw another 7,772 new confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Saturday, Oct. 16

The country’s total recorded cases since last year stood at 2,713,509, the Department of Health (DOH) said in its latest case update.

Three percent of the total cases or 85,048 are still active. About 81.7 percent of active cases have mild symptoms, 6.3 percent are asymptomatic, 6.87 percent are in moderate condition, 3.6 percent have severe symptoms, and 1.5 percent are in critical state.

There were also 156 new deaths and 1,634 more recoveries. These figures raised the country’s total deaths to 40,580 and survivors to 2,587,881.

Meanwhile, while Metro Manila’s status was downgraded to alert level 3, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that quarantine classification in its nearby provinces such as Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan cannot be loosened just yet. These places are under modified enhanced community quarantine until Oct. 31.

“Ito pong mga lugar na inyong nabanggit ay hindi po kasama doon sa shift in our policy, itong ginagawa nating pilot implementation; that’s one. Number two, ito pong mga lugar na ito, pag tiningnan natin ang kanilang mga metrics o mga datos ay matataas pa rin po, pati ang kanilang hospital utilization (These areas that you mentioned are not included in the shift in our policy—this pilot implementation (we are doing in NCR); that’s one. Number two, these are the areas, when we look at their metrics or data they are still high, such as their hospital utilization),” said Vergeire.

“Kaya po nanatili po sila sa ganyang level of quarantine classification kasi gusto pa rin po nating makasiguro na hindi po patuloy na tataas ang mga kaso at paggamit ng mga ospital diyan sa mga piling lugar na iyan (That’s why they remained at that level of quarantine classification because we still want to make sure that the number of cases and use of hospitals in those select areas does not continue to increase),” she added.