“Let’s not use the word ‘surge.’ People panic when they hear that,” said by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergerie
Let’s not use the word “surge,” as mentioned by the Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a news briefing. The DOH has acknowledged that the COVID-19 cases are fast increasing again, especially in Metro Manila. Currently, hospitals are currently swamped with patients in the emergency room.
Central Visayas is also increasing consistently in the past weeks as the undersecretary confirmed. Hospital bed capacity is still in a manageable level. She also mentioned that the increase in cases is not due to the spread of the UK-variant, but because of poor compliance with health measures.
“As of now, we don’t have tcommunity transmission yet. We are still further studying the cases,” Vergeire said. On Monday, the DOH recorded 3,356 additional COVID infections, rounding the total cases in the country to 597, 763. Only 62 more patients have recovered, raising the number of survivors to 545, 912, while 5 deaths were recorded bring death toll to 12, 521.
As of Monday, there are 39, 330 active cases: 91.2% are mild, 4% asymptomatic, 0.83% moderate, 2% severe, and 2% critical.