A THREE-MONTH-OLD girl is one of the latest coronavirus disease (Covid-19) fatalities in Eastern Visayas amid the gradual decline of cases in the region.

Health officials identified the fatality as patient EV64651, who died on January 31, 2023.

In its February 6, 2023 tally, the Department of Health (DOH)-Eastern Visayas said it recorded nine new Covid-19 cases from January 30 to February 5 out of the 744 laboratory test results.

The samples were tested in the four laboratories of the region and represented a one percent positivity rate.

DOH maintained there are no severe and critical cases admitted in the region’s hospitals due to Covid-19.

Out of 49 intensive care unit (ICU) beds intended for patients with Covid-19, nine (18.37 percent) are occupied.

Meanwhile, 20.57 percent of 1,079 non-ICU Covid-19 beds are currently being used, according to the regional health department.

Some 2,873,231 individuals, or 85.9 percent of the region’s target population, have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 544,639 individuals have already received their booster shots.

Also, 70.2 percent of the target A2 population have already received their primary series.

“As we go through a more lenient implementation of our border restrictions which cause our mobility to increase, it is very important to still practice our health protocols. The public is also reminded that intensified vaccination rollout against Covid-19 is still being conducted all over the region,” DOH said.

As of February 6, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases is at 64,699, with total recoveries at 63, 996 (98.9 percent), total deaths at 691 (1.07 percent), and total active cases at 12 (0.02 percent). (SunStar Philippines)