Daily average of new Covid cases rises by 112%

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

May 8, 2023, 6:00 pm

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MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased by 112 percent from May 1 to 7, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.

In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 1,352 daily infections from 637 recorded between April 24 to 30.

Additionally, there were 9,645 new cases and nine verified deaths in the recent week.

The tally of severe and critical infections increased to 410 from the previous week’s 351.

Only 16.5 percent or 346 out of the 2,097 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, while 21.2 percent or 3,766 of 17,758 non-ICU beds are utilized.

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

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

To date, the country has logged over 4.09 million coronavirus cases and 66,444 deaths since January 2020. (PNA)