THE Philippines again broke its own record since mid-October 2020 as the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, February 27, 2021, reported 2,921 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a new high in over four months.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in a televised briefing, said the public and some local government units (LGUs) appeared to be no longer strictly complying with the minimum public health standards.
New infections have exceeded 2,000 for three consecutive days as DOH also recorded 2,269 on February 25 and 2,651 on February 26.
Based on the DOH’s February 27 case bulletin, there are now a total of 574,247 Covid-19 cases in the country, including 37,093 active cases.
There were 42 additional mortalities, increasing the death toll from Covid-19 to 12,289. The case fatality rate remained at 2.14 percent.
There were also 293 new recoveries, which brought the total recoveries to 524,865.
Vergeire acknowledged that the recent rise in cases may be due to the relaxed response of LGUs, among others.
"First reason is the easing of restrictions in some areas. As we can see, the surge (is) mostly focused in specific areas in the country," said Vergeire.
She said some LGUs appear to have relaxed their localized responses to the health crisis, in terms of quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing.
"Another factor is the response of LGUs. They have to continue enhancing their responses," she said.
She also said the public can also be blamed for the increase.
"We have noticed that the minimum public health standards haven't been strictly complied with," said Vergeire. (HDT / SunStar Philippines)