DoH urges caution as crowds fill malls

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The Department of Health (DoH) is reminding the public to continue following health protocols as crowds began to return to malls, markets and parks after the National Capital Region shifted to Alert Level 3 on Saturday.

Restrictions in Metro Manila have been relaxed, allowing many establishments to open at 30-percent capacity and exclusively to fully vaccinated individuals.

But Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded the public not to be complacent as the Covid-19 situation in Metro Manila continues to improve.

“Bagamat marami na po sa atin ang fully-vaccinated, hindi pa po tayo pwedeng maging complacent at this point, let us remember na nakasalalay po sa atin kung tayo ay babalik ulit sa Alert Level 4 or kung babalik na naman sa cycle natin na tataas-bababa ang kaso (While many people have been fully vaccinated, we should not be complacent at this point; let us remember that it is up to us if we will go to Alert Level 4 or if we will go through the cycle of increasing or decreasing cases once again),” Vergeire said during a briefing on Monday.

Based on data from the Health department, the nationwide hospital Covid bed capacity is down to nearly 49 percent while intensive care unit utilization is at 62.3 percent. In Metro Manila, only 43.6 percent of hospital beds reserved for Covid-19 patients are occupied.

Only the Zamboanga Peninsula region remained under high-risk status despite a plateau in the two-week growth rate because of the high 70.29-percent hospital utilization rate and average daily attack rate of 9.24 cases per 100,000 population.

Other areas with high hospital utilization rates are the Cordillera Administrative Region with 83 percent and the Cagayan Valley region with 75 percent.

The daily case average in Metro Manila is down to 1,448 cases during the October 11 to 17 period, a 27-percent decrease from the week earlier.

The DoH also reported 633 new cases of the Delta variant, based on 748 test samples sequenced last month.

Most of the samples came from Central Luzon with 140 Delta variant detections, followed by the National Capital Region with 107 and the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region and Cagayan Valley region with 74 samples each.

The variant was detected in a total of 4,431 samples, or 29.21 percent of the 15,168 samples tested.

There were 6,943 Covid-19 cases reported on Monday, pushing the total to 2.72 million.

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