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MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.

From 2,556 per day recorded from Sept. 19 to 25, the number decreased to 2,288 daily in the recent week.

The latest case bulletin showed there were 16,017 new cases and 228 verified deaths.

Of the additional deaths, the DOH said 34 occurred from Sept. 19 to Oct. 2.

In the same period, four cases were added to the tally of severe and critical infections, which went down to 753 from the previous week’s 790.

Only 24.3 percent or 611 out of the 2,515 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, while 26.2 percent or 5,579 of 21,316 non-ICU beds are utilized.

To date, about 73,181,447 or 93.70 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578) are vaccinated against Covid-19, including 78.51 percent of 8,721,357 senior citizens.

As of Oct. 2, a total of 19,760,243 have received booster shots out of the fully vaccinated population. (PNA)