Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) has classified back to “high risk” the Philippines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the country’s two-week growth rate for new infections surged by 47 percent.

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DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippines saw an average of 8,965 Covid-19 cases per day from August 1 to August 7 or higher by 2,197 in the previous week. Also, the average daily attack rate is now 7.2 cases per 100,000 population.

“Nationally, our case classification is now at high risk,” she said in an online media briefing.

Vergeire said the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Northern Mindanao are now under high-risk classification,

It was on July 29 that the Philippines was elevated to moderate risk classification.

For other regions, Central Luzon, SOCCSKSARGEN, Eastern Visayas and Bicol region logged a positive two-week growth rate, while Western Visayas recorded a high risk average daily attack rate.

Also, the OCTA Research group said that all age groups, including children, and that 31 percent of Delta cases have been detected in the NCR.

The DOH added that Covid-19 cases in all age groups increased by 59 percent, and that the most vulnerable are those in the working age group.

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