Few Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals over holidays: DOH

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

January 3, 2023, 4:19 pm

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MANILA – Hospitals nationwide admitted only a few patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) over the holiday season, a health official said Tuesday.

In a radio interview, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Tayag said the hospitals are not overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

He however did not disclose the number of patients undergoing treatment in facilities.

Kami’y masaya, bagama’t may mga pasyente po na sa mga ospital, ay hindi naman ganun kadami at masasakripisyo ang serbisyo ng ospital para sa ibang karamdaman (We’re happy, although there are patients in hospitals, there were not a lot, the services of hospitals for other diseases are not sacrificed),” Tayag said.

On Monday, the DOH reported three new severe and critical cases which brought the tally to 433.

The figure represents 10.7 percent of the total Covid-19 admissions in hospitals from Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023.

The daily average of new Covid-19 cases went down to 494 from last week’s 813.

Tayag urged the public to get tested for Covid-19 as the number of cases go down.

“Inaasahan natin na mayroon pa ring kasi [hindi] naire-report (We’re expecting that there are still unreported cases),” he said.

Sana, sa mga kababayan natin, kung may mga sintomas po kayo at nagdududa kayo na Covid, magpa-test po kayo para nalalaman natin ang dami ng bilang ng Covid [cases] sa ating bansa (To our fellowmen, if you have symptoms and you’re thinking it’s Covid, get tested so we know the number of Covid cases in the country),” Tayag said.

No vax activities in Parañaque for now

Meanwhile, the Parañaque City Public Information Office on Tuesday announced that it is temporarily suspending Covid-19 vaccination activities until further notice.

In a social media post, the city government advised the public to also monitor announcements on the social media page of the Ospital ng Parañaque in connection with announcements on Covid-19 vaccination schedules.

It also announced the vaccination hub at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay will remain closed until further notice.

The city on Monday announced one new case, bringing its active case count to 17. Three recoveries and no new death were recorded.

Nearly 99 percent of the city's 56,891 Covid-19 cases have recovered. (with Benjamin Pulta/PNA)