Only 4 percent of the more than 56,000 active cases of Covid-19 are critical while among hospital admissions, between 12 and 15 percent are classified as severe to critical, a health official said Tuesday
In a Palace briefing, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a large percentage of hospital admissions are asymptomatic and mild.
“Along with the decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases, the number of severe and critical cases being hospitalized are also going down,” she added in Filipino.
The DOH national admissions data on February 20 showed 1,151 or 11.35 percent are severe cases and 450 or 4.84 percent are critical ones.
Meantime, about 1,724 or 16.24 percent are symptomatic, 3,253 or 31.28 percent are mild, and 3,881 or 36.29 percent are moderate.
Vergeire noted the decrease in the number of critical and severe cases could be attributed to the vaccination drive since Covid-19 jabs prevent death or severe symptoms.
Currently, the country is classified as low risk for Covid-19 infections, with negative one-week and two-week growth rates and moderate risk average daily attack rate.
“In all regions, the cases logged are lower than one thousand daily for this week. Except for CAR and Region 10, all regions are in the low-risk classification,” Vergeire said in Filipino.
As of Tuesday, 4 p.m., the DOH reported 1,019 new cases of Covid-19, the lowest single-day tally this year, for an overall 56,668 active cases.
There were also 2,988 new recoveries and 12 deaths.