The Department of Health (DOH) logged another record for daily Covid-19 cases on Monday or 18,332, surpassing the previous record of 17,231 recorded on Friday.
The record number of new Covid-19 cases pushed the number of active cases to 130,350, of which 94.8 percent are mild, 2.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.92 percent are moderate, 1.2 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines since the start of the pandemic now stands at 1.858 million.
The DOH also reported Monday the recovery of 13,794 Covid-19 patients recoveries, bringing the total number of people who survived the disease to 1.695 million, while 151 passed away from the virus, bringing the number of fatalities to 31,961.
As the number of Covid-19 cases increased in the Philippines, Malacañang on Monday said the holding of events to celebrate milestones in the country’s Covid-19 vaccination drive helped encourage more people to get their jabs.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark as the country marked the administration of over 30 million doses of vaccines. Of this number, over 13,000 are fully vaccinated.
“There is nothing wrong with giving importance to milestones like this. We are not attending activities like this if there are no milestones to recognize,” he said in a press briefing in SM City San Mateo.
Roque said such events are part of “effective government communication” to raise vaccine confidence among those who have yet to get their Covid-19 vaccine shots.
He also emphasized that Rizal, where SM City San Mateo is located, is currently under the less restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) where social gatherings are allowed but on limited capacity.
Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan are also under MECQ until the end of the month but with more restrictive protocols.
Meanwhile, Roque also defended the holding of inaugurations for new hospitals and hospital facilities that cater to Covid-19 patients.
“The inauguration of facilities are also being held so people know where their taxes go especially in steps being done to address Covid-19,” he said.
The national government eyes the complete vaccination of at least 50 percent of Metro Manila residents by end of August.
Currently, Roque said Metro Manila has finished vaccinating 43 percent of its target population.