MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased by 19 percent from March 15 to 19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.

Daily infections increased to 167 from 140 infections on March 5 to 12.

The DOH also reported 1,171 new cases and 63 verified deaths in the recent week.

To date, the country has logged over 4.08 million coronavirus cases and more than 66,272 fatalities.

During the same week, the tally of severe and critical infections went up to 368 from the previous 351.

Only 13.3 percent or 272 out of the 2,040 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, while 17 percent or 2,853 of 16,735 non-ICU beds were utilized.

At least 78,443,972 or 100.4 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578) are vaccinated against Covid-19, including 82.16 percent of 8,721,357 senior citizens, as of March 12.

A total of 23,811,248 have received booster shots out of the fully vaccinated population.  (PNA)