KUWTT: PH Covid cases keep climbing | July 16, 2022

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Sunday, July 16, 2022.

READ: PH Covid cases keep climbing

CASES of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country continued to climb, breaching the 1,700 daily average mark over the past week. In its Covid situationer issued on Friday, the Department of Health (DoH) said the national daily average jumped by 40 percent during the week of July 8 to 14, to 1,751 cases. The National Capital Region or Metro Manila still has the steepest increase, with 748 daily cases, while Mindanao’s numbers are also inching up. Despite the rise, the risk classification remains to be low, along with average daily attack rates and health care utilization rates. Severe and critical admissions are also low — 651 out of the total 7,629 cases in hospitals across the country. The caseload is still a far cry from the record 39,004 cases on January 15, a surge driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant. Experts constantly remind that Omicron and its subvariants have high rates of transmission and could skirt immunity from vaccines. Majority of the Omicron cases, however, are mild, compared to the Delta variant. The DoH also reported that 71.2 million individuals have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 as of July 13, while 15.5 million have received booster doses.

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