PH average COVID-19 daily cases 9 times lower than in July – DOH

Published December 6, 2021, 1:20 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have continued to decline over the past weeks, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed on Monday, Dec. 6.

Shoppers flock along Ylaya in Divisoria Market on Oct. 17, 2021 as the Metro Manila eases to Alert Level 3 for COVID-19. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

During a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters that the epidemic curve showed that the current average daily cases have further decreased by 397 cases, or 42 percent this week and now at 544 average cases per day.

“This average cases per day is already nine times lower than those reported in July of 2021 at 4,982 and also lower than 1,130 cases per day observed from December 27, 2020 to January 2, 2021,” Vergeire said.

The epidemic curve of our major island groups in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus areas showed that the majority of areas have been on a plateau since the start of November, while the rest of Luzon showed signs of plateauing in case trend in the recent week.

NCR remained having low COVID-19 cases with the recent week and has shown a decrease of 92 or 51 percent cases from the previous week, similar to the national data. NCR’s recent cases per day was already five times lower than July of 2021, said Vergeire.

Percentage of COVID-19 critical cases among total admissions in the country showed a slow decline at the start of November while severe cases have been continuously declining since the end of October, according to Vergeire. She said that as of Dec. 4, 2021, among admissions, 18 percent are severe and eight percent are critical.

She also said that the weekly deaths remained on a downward trend since the start of October, with 152 deaths per day while for November there had been 36 deaths per day.

“Though a high number of deaths were reported in the past few days. Our analysis showed that a larger percentage of these deaths occurred more than a week ago,” Vergere added.