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MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Some 685,557 individuals in the Ilocos Region have received their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) booster shots as of April 9.

Based on the data of the Department of Health Center for Health Development Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) posted on Monday, the region has 3.5 million fully vaccinated residents or 80 percent of its 4.3 million target population.

It said 501,418 or 87 percent of the region’s senior citizens are fully inoculated.

Meanwhile, the region’s daily average of Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped to four cases.

Covid-19 focal person Dr. Rheuel Bobis earlier attributed the decline to the high immunization coverage.

The non-intensive care unit (ICU) bed utilization is at 11 percent or 170 being used out of the 1,532 beds while the ICU bed utilization rate is at 18 percent or 42 out of 236 ICU beds.

DOH-CHD-1 added that 39 patients are considered severe and critical or 18 percent of the total admissions.

“Let us continue to follow the minimum health standards such as wearing face masks to prevent a possible surge in Covid-19 cases,” Bobis said. (PNA)