DOH reports 5,807 new COVID-19 cases; Delta AY.4.2 sublineage not yet detected

Published October 23, 2021, 4:27 PM

by Analou de Vera


The country recorded 5,807 more cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health said on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The new figures pushed the nationwide running tally to 2,751,667, of which, 2.3 percent or 63,051 remained as active cases.

Of those who are still sick, 77.7 percent are experiencing mild symptoms, 8.89 percent are in moderate condition, 6.5 percent are asymptomatic, 4.9 percent are severely ill, and 2.1 percent are in critical condition.

The death toll increased to 41,585. This after 65 new fatalities were logged. The total death count represents 1.51 percent of the case total.

Meanwhile, 9,578 more patients were able to recover. These brought the recovery count to 2,647,031 or 96.2 percent of the total case count.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also reiterated on Saturday that the Delta coronavirus subvariant AY.4.2, which was first reported in Europe, has not yet been detected in the country.

“Sa ngayon po, wala pa tayong nadi-detect na ganitong sublineage ng Delta variant dito sa ating bansa (So far, we have not detected that sublineage of the Delta variant in our country),” she said.

Vergeire urged the public not to panic and strictly adhere to the health protocols.

“Ang tanging atin pong abiso sa ating mga kababayan hindi kailangan mag-panic. Patuloy lang ipatupad ang minimum public health standard dahil kahit anong mayroong variant naman, epektibo pa rin po itong mga ginagawa nating mga paraan dito sa ating bansa (We are advising our citizens that there is no need to panic. Just continue following the minimum public health standards because no matter what variant there is, the methods we use here in our country are still effective),” she said.

Vergeire said that experts are still studying the characteristics of the said Delta coronavirus subvariant.

“Ang sinasabi ng mga eksperto, patuloy na pinag-aaralan ang epekto nito sa transmission at saka siyempre doon sa vaccine efficacy (According to the experts, they continue to study its impact on transmission and of course on vaccine efficacy),” she said.

“Hanggang sa ngayon wala pa hong (Until now there is no) completed evidence and it is not classified yet as a variant of concern or variant of interest,” she added.