Friday’s 37,207 COVID-19 infection in the Philippines was the highest single-day count since the outbreak. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 3,129,512 in Southeast Asia.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), active cases rose to 265,509. The positive rate has slightly declined to 47.3 percent, from 47.9 percent the day before.
According to the DOH, an additional 81 people were killed by COVID-19 complications. This brings the total number of deaths in the country to 52,815. Eight other laboratories did not submit data Friday.
Due to rising infections, the government placed restrictions in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces as well as several provinces with high viral clusters throughout the country. This was to make it more difficult for people to stay home, especially those who are not vaccinated.
According to the national police, at least 372 areas of Metro Manila and Luzon Island are currently under strict lockdown. Local officials and police impose granular lockdowns in areas, streets and buildings containing virus clusters.
Metro Manila, the area with the most active cases and new cases, will be kept at alert level 3 from Friday’s virtual press conference.
Nograles stated that there is no need for an increase in alert levels at the moment, and added that utilization rates of bed and intensive care units are still low despite high daily case numbers.
“We are monitoring the situation in Metro Manila closely. He said that if the bed utilization rate reaches 71%, it would be a good time to raise to alert level 4.
The government has relaxed travel restrictions for Filipinos returning home. The new rule allows travelers from “red list” regions and countries to fly on regular flights between January 16 and 31.
Since last Saturday, the Philippines’ COVID-19 infection rates have risen to new records due to increased mobility, poor safety protocols and Omicron and Delta variants that are rapidly spreading.
Maria Rosario Vergeire, Health Undersecretary, said that the DOH projects cases peak at the end of January or in the second week of February. “The peak in cases is unlikely to occur soon. She said that the cases will continue to increase.
DOH reports that 53.3 million people are fully vaccinated. The Philippines, with a population of around 110 million, has tested over 24 million people since the outbreak.