DOH records over 4K new COVID-19 cases

Published October 19, 2021, 4:03 PM

by Analou de Vera


The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday recorded 4,496 new coronavirus infections, raising the Philippines’ total tally of confirmed cases to 2.73 million.

The last time that the Philippines reported over 4,000 cases in a single day was on July 28 with 4,478 new cases then.

Of the total tally, 2.3 percent or 63,637 are still active cases. Of the said cases, 79 percent have mild symptoms, 5.2 percent are asymptomatic, 4.8 percent are severe, two percent are critically ill, while 8.97 percent are moderate cases.

The death toll also climbed to 40,972 which is 1.50 percent of the total count. These include the 211 more fatalities logged on Tuesday.

Also, 9,609 more patients have recovered, raising the number of recoveries to 2,627,126 or 96.2 percent of the case total.

Meanwhile, the DOH said it is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Bicol region as a spike in cases was observed.

“Tama po kayo mayroon kaming (You’re right we have) recent spike in the number of cases,” said Dr. Aurora Teresa Daluro, Chief Epidemiology of DOH-Bicol during a public press briefing on Tuesday.

Based on the DOH-COVID-19 tracker, the Bicol region has recorded 47,629 cases since last year, of which 2,438 remained active, 44,441 have already recovered, while 750 died.

Daluro said that the DOH is coordinating with the different local government units in Bicol region when it comes to contact tracing and testing.

“We do the training for the contact tracing for those hired by DILG and positioned at LGUs and if they need retraining we train them,” she said.

“We have our disease surveillance officers strategically placed at the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and the Municipal Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to assist in case detection,” she added.

Daluro said that they will also ramp up their vaccination efforts in the region.

“We are working on the vaccination and the DOH at the regional level also has issued a moratorium this October 18 until November 15 to ramp-up,” she said.

“Our staff in the provincial offices are all out to assist the local governments in monitoring the vaccination,” she added.