March 31, 2023

The Department of Health is seeing a plateau in the number of Covid-19 cases nationwide despite an observed rise in some areas of the country.
In a statement, the DOH said there had been an improvement in the number of active cases and recovered cases.
As of Feb. 15, the agency logged 550,860 Covid-19 cases, of which 27,588 or five percent remain active. This rate is an improvement from the eight to nine percent active cases reported previously.
The country’s recovery rate is at 92.9 percent, indicating the government manages the Covid-19 cases well.
“The epidemic curve shows we are doing so much better now. Although there’s some peak in January, it’s not as large as when we first started,” DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said.
As for the rise in cases, the DOH is currently closely monitoring regions 7, 10, 12 and 13 except Agusan del Sur.
According to the UP-OCTA Research Group, Cebu could reach around 300 cases per day by the end of February if stricter measures are not implemented.
“Border restrictions may be very important to prevent other variants from coming into the country. Ultimately, it’s not because you have the variant or not. The message is the same: We still need to be vigilant,” said Dr. Guido David of UP-OCTA Research Group.
The DOH reminded the public the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate strategy remains to be one of the best measures against Covid-19 regardless of the presence of other variants.
It also urged the public to continue observing minimum public health standards to avoid the risk of transmission as the country reopens its economy.  – Press release