Manila: The Department of Health (DOH) reported on 21,819 new COVID cases on Friday (January 7), the highest single-day increase in the Asian country. The highest-ever tally was recorded on September 16, 2021, at 21,181 cases.
The uncertainty amid rising COVID cases sent Philippine stocks index tumbling on Friday even as the peso weakened. Cebu Pacific, the country’s biggest airline, has cancelled more domestic flights from Saturday to Monday (January 8-10).
In its latest case bulletin, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said it recorded a 40% positivity rate from the 70,049 tests conducted.
The new infections raised the country’s COVID numbers to 2.9 million cases — of which 77,369 are active cases. The health department also reported the recovery of 973 patients and the death of 129 others.
DOH also noted that 21,656 — or 99% of the new cases reported on Friday — occurred within the past two weeks.
“The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (13,634 or 63%), Region 4-A (4,129 or 19%), and Region 3 (2,084 or 10%),” the agency stated.
Metro Manila raised the Alert Level to 3, from January 3 to January 15. On Thursday (January 6), 14 more areas to be under Alert Level 3, from January 9.
8 deaths in January so far
There were 8 COVID-related deaths reported so far this January. Of the 129 additional deaths — 34 cases were reported in December; 14 in November; 26 in October; 32 in September; 10 in August; four in July; and one in April 2021.
Additional areas placed Alert Level 3
City of Santiago
Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, are currently under Alert Level 3 until January 15. The province of Laguna was also placed under Level 3 from Friday(January 7, 2022.
Dr. Edsel Salvana, member of the technical advisory group of the Department of Health (DOH), warned on Friday that people who are unvaccinated face a higher risk of severe COVID.
“We know that we have among us people who are still unvaccinated, or if they already are, they belong to the vulnerable population. It’s wrong to call this variant ‘mild’ because it can still lead to severe cases,” said Dr. Salvana, echoing the WHO warning.
The highest single-day increase 21,819 new COVID cases on 7th January, 2022