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DOH: 580 new COVID-19 cases lowest daily tally this year

The Philippines on Wednesday logged the lowest COVID-19 daily tally this year with 580 new infections, bringing the country’s caseload to 3,669,283.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the new infections brought the country’s active case count to 47,471. This is the lowest number of active cases since January 5, 2022.

Based on the DOH’s latest data on its website, the number of recoveries rose to 3,564,630.  Meanwhile, the number of deaths climbed to 57,182.

The latest data also showed that 24.64% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 22.04% of the isolation beds are also in use, and 13.66% are occupied ward beds.

The Philippines on Monday recorded a total of 6,297 new COVID-19 cases from March 1 to 7, 2022, as the Health department shifted to a weekly bulletin.

This is the first weekly COVID-19 case bulletin issued by the Department since it announced last Tuesday that it would “permanently” shift from issuing a daily bulletin to a weekly basis, focusing on active severe and critical infections and the intensive care unit (ICU) utilization.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that the changes aim to make the public look beyond the number of infections, and instead focus on the severity of the patients’ condition and the healthcare utilization in the country.—LDF, GMA News