Thursday, June 24, 2021

New infections highest in almost 2 weeks

MANILA. Women wear protective masks and face shields as they walk in Manila in this photo taken in May 2021. (File)

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, June 10, 2021, reported over 7,000 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid), pushing the country’s total case count closer to 1.3 million.

The 7,485 new cases were the highest in 13 days, since the 8,748 on May 28. New cases have, however, plateaued at around 6,500 a day in the last seven days.

The new infections raised the cumulative case count to 1,293,687. Fifteen duplicates, including 12 recoveries, were removed from the tally.

The DOH case bulletin on Thursday also listed 122 additional mortalities, including 65 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries.

The Covid-19 death toll increased to 22,312, or 1.72 percent of the total count.

There were 4,504 recoveries, bringing the total to 1,214,454, constituting 93.9 percent of the total number of cases in the country.

As new infections were higher than the recoveries, the number of active cases in hospitals and isolation facilities nationwide increased again to 56,921.

The positivity rate remained high at 12.8 percent out of the 51,688 samples tested for the Covid-19 virus on June 8.

Globally, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted “encouraging signs in the trajectory of the pandemic.”

He said on Monday, June 7, that the number of new cases reported to WHO has now declined for six weeks, and deaths have declined for five weeks.

However, he said he continued to see a mixed picture around the world.

“Increasingly, we see a two-track pandemic: many countries still face an extremely dangerous situation, while some of those with the highest vaccination rates are starting to talk about ending restrictions,” he said.

As of June 9, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center tracked more than 174.43 million cases globally, with over 3.75 deaths, while over 2.2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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