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MANILA – The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country is exhibiting a plateau, a health official said Tuesday.

In an online media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there were 1,903 new infections recorded for the week of April 5 to 11.

"Na tinataya na 271 cases per day, mas mababa po ito ng 26 percent kung ikukumpara noong nakaraang linggo (Which averages 271 cases per day, lower than last week's tally by 26 percent)," she added.

The country's positivity rate, or the percentage of people testing positive during a certain period, has gone down to 1.6 percent from last week's 1.8 percent.

As the number of new infections plateau, the health system capacity nationwide remains at low risk.

The total Covid-19 Bed utilization rate is 16.6 percent while the intensive care unit bed utilization rate is at 18.4 percent.

More than half of the admitted cases in hospitals are classified mild and moderate while only 11.8 percent of total Covid-19 admissions are severe and critical.

Vergeire urged the public to continue adhering to the minimum public health standards and get vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 to keep the number of infections on a downtrend.

Those who are travelling during the Holy Week are reminded to bring essential items such as a face mask, vaccination card, hand sanitizer, water, emergency medicines, umbrella, and handkerchief to protect themselves from falling ill and contracting the coronavirus. (PNA)