The incidence of COVID-19 in the country appeared to be slowing down, records at the Department of Health (DOH) indicated.
The country’s daily average coronavirus cases went down to 161 on May 2 to 8, representing a 20 percent reduction compared to the previous week, the DOH data showed.
On Sunday, a total of 152 new COVID cases was recorded by the DOH, bringing the number of active cases to 4,106, which was the lowest in more than two years, or since April 11, 2020, the DOH said.
COVID cases averaged 200 per day from April 25 to May 1.
In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said there were 1,124 new cases of the coronavirus, with 42 verified deaths in the recent week.
For the same period, 14 cases were added to the tally of severe and critical infections, bringing the figure to 611.
Only 16.8 percent or 474 out of the 2,817 intensive care unit (ICU) beds were in use, while 15.4 percent or 3,664 out of 23,818 non-ICU beds were utilized.
To date, about 68 million or 76.04 percent of the country’s target population (90,005,357) have been vaccinated against COVID, including 8,721,357 senior citizens.
As of May 1, a total of 13,454,867 out of 68,437,798 have received booster shots.
Of the latest infections, 45 were from Metro Manila.
The country›s total cases has climbed to 3,687,018 since the onset of the pandemic, the DOH reported.
The DOH logged no new death due to the disease for the fourth straight day. The death toll remains at 60,439.
The first confirmed coronavirus infection in the Philippines was reported on January 30, 2020, involving a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China were the disease is believed to have first emerged.
The DOH said Monday that the country recorded 1,399 new COVID-19 infections from April 25 to May 1, or around 200 average daily cases.
This is 5 percent lower compared to the previous week.
Some 67.9 million or 75 percent of the target 90 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated against the respiratory disease. Of those who received their primary series, 13.2 million have received their booster shots.
The Philippines will likely keep Alert Level 1 as the lowest step in COVID-19 restrictions until President Duterte›s term ends on June 30, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
Health authorities continued to remind the public to follow minimum health protocols, especially the wearing of face masks.