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Philippines logs 1,721 COVID-19 cases March 27–April 2, 2023

The Philippines monitored 1,721 new COVID-19 infections from March 27 to April 2, 2023, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.

Based on the DOH’s latest bulletin, the number of cases in the last week increased by 33% compared to the 1,171 coronavirus infections logged from March 20 to March 26.

The daily case average also climbed to 246 from the 167 recorded a week before.

Latest data from the DOH also showed a total of 58 additional verified COVID-19-related deaths were belatedly recorded by the agency. These deaths were registered from October 2020 to October 2022. No new deaths were reported between March 20 to April 2.

Of the 58 deaths, one occurred in October 2022, one in March 2022, six in February 2022, six in January 2022, five  in October 2021, nine in September 2021, seven in August 2021, four in July 2021, two in June 2021, three in May 2021, nine in April 2021, two in March 2021, one in February 2021, one  in November 2020, and one in October 2020.

Hospitals, vaccination updates

Meanwhile, more than 78 million Filipinos, or 100.44% of the government’s target population, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to DOH.

The number of boosted individuals also increased to 23 million, it added.

At least 7.1 million senior citizens or 82.16% of the target A2 population have also received their primary vaccine series.

Further, the DOH reported that the number of severe and critical cases admitted in hospitals due to COVID-19 declined to 347 or 13.7% of the total COVID-19 admissions.

Of the recent cases, 13 individuals were tagged as new severe or critical cases.

A total of 271 out of the 2,626 intensive care unit (ICU) beds nationwide were occupied while 15,936 non-ICU COVID-19 beds were also in use. — Sundy Locus/BM, GMA Integrated News