Fri. May 27th, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) believes that the worst episode of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Omicron variant has already been “overcome” by the Philippines.

(aljazeera.com)

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that daily Covid-19 cases have gone down by about 50 percent in just two weeks, or from 6,034 cases on February 4 to 10, to 2,876 cases on February 11 to 17.

“We already got past the challenges of the Omicron variant and the Philippines is now in the low risk case classification,” Vergeire said in Filipino.

Vergeire noted that despite the increase in the number of cases caused by the Omicron variant in January, no rise in hospitalizations was observed and the fatality or death rate remained steady. This bolstered the view of health experts that the Delta variant was more lethal.

However, Vergeire said health protocols like wearing face masks and physical distancing, among others, will still be enforced and observed.

For his part, Dr. Edsel Salvana or the DOH Technical Advisory Group, said it is safe to say that the Philippines successfully contained the Omicron surge because of government’s continuous vaccination drive, among others.

The Philippines has already fully vaccinated 62.3 million since the inoculation program against Covid-19 started in March 2021.

Some 9.6 million have received their booster shots while more than 395,000 in the 5 to 11 age group have the first dose. 

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