Active Covid-19 cases, deaths hit new highs

MANILA. A health worker screens a vaccinee at a vaccination site in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila on March 31, 2021. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo)

CASES of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the Philippines continued to climb rapidly as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 12,225 new infections that pushed the number of active cases to another new high on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The DOH also confirmed 401 additional mortalities, the highest single-day death toll since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of the 401, DOH said 213 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after validation.

These brought the cumulative deaths to 14,520, the DOH case bulletin showed. The case fatality rate went up to 1.73 percent.

Active cases in hospitals and isolation facilities soared further to 178,351, accounting for 21.2 percent of the cumulative case count of 840,554.

The case bulletin also showed that the positivity rate further increased to 21.4 percent. There were 39,360 samples tested for Sars-CoV-2 as of noon of April 8.

The number does not include yet those from laboratories that failed to submit their test results.

"Ten labs were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS)," noted the DOH.

There were 946 new recoveries, bringing the total to 647,683, or 77.1 percent of the cumulative case count.

The National Capital Region (NCR) continued to post the highest 14-day running total of new cases as of April 8, with 59,373 infections.

These are nearly three times the 20,222 new cases in the Calabarzon for the same period. Calabarzon has a bigger population of about 14.4 million than the NCR’s estimated 13 million people.

Other regions with high 14-day cases were Central Luzon with 11,229, Cagayan Valley with 5,313 and Cordillera with 3,117.

Among the cities and provinces, Quezon City in the NCR had the highest 14-day running total of 12,557. Quezon City is also the most populous city in the country.

It was followed by Manila with 8,829, Cavite with 7,075, Bulacan with 5,856 and Rizal with 5,445.

Among the 158,701 active cases as of April 7 were 97.5 percent, or 154,753, who exhibited mild symptoms of Covid-19. There were 762 patients, or 0.5 percent, in critical condition.

Of the total case count, nearly 2.0 percent are healthcare workers. As of April 7, 16,266 HCWs have contracted Covid-19. Of this number, 83 had died and 694 were active cases.

Meanwhile, 56 hospitals in the NCR were considered critical in terms of Covid-19 occupancy as of April 7. There were 26 others that were at high risk, 12 at moderate risk and 60 that were in the safe zone. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / HDT / SunStar Philippines)


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