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DoH welcomes positive outlook on pandemic response

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Thursday welcomed the positive outlook on the government’s pandemic response as cases continue to decline.

In a statement, the DoH noted a further downward trend in the average daily cases over the past week. It also said that the nationwide risk classification remains low with a negative 49 percent two-week growth rate in recent weeks, with a moderate average daily attack rate of 1.55 cases per 100,000 population.

Out of 121 provinces, highly-urbanized cities and independent component cities in the country, 89 percent are under Alert Level 2 with minimal to low-risk case classification, while the remaining are under Alert Level 3, and with 1 province at Alert Level 4.

“DoH had remained resolute and persistent, working diligently at both policy and operational levels anchored on the whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and whole-of-systems approach,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

“Our agile decision making is always data-driven and informed by best available evidence, and always centered on what is best for the safety and health of Filipinos,” Duque added.

He noted that the DoH, together with the rest of the national government agencies and local government units, will continue to adopt policies and implement measures based on case trends and projections, available resources, and evolving evidence.

“Despite the limited health systems capacity, we were able to achieve better health outcomes because of the whole-of-nation approach,” he said.

“And as we continue to work towards realizing the vision of a Universal Health Care for all Filipinos, we would like to dedicate our wins against the pandemic to our healthcare workers who have selflessly devoted their lives in providing both Covid and non-Covid-19 health care to Filipinos,” he added.

Based on the information generated from Our World in Data of the Oxford University as of 22 November 2021, the Philippines has lower confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths per one million population compared to some neighboring countries in ASEAN.

Moreover, the latest data from the World Health Organization also showed that the country ranked 65th in terms of countries with the most number of active cases, 134th in terms of Covid-19 cases per million, 120th in terms of deaths per million, and 93rd in terms of case fatality rate. These rankings have improved since the end of case peaks recorded in the country last September 2021.

Meanwhile, the Health chief also reminded the unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as the three-day nationwide simultaneous vaccination drive approaching.

“Let’s get ready for Bayanihan Bakunahan! We encourage all Filipinos to volunteer during this occasion and work together to inoculate more of our kababayan for us to safely reopen the economy,” he said.

The government will be conducting a three-day vaccination day which will start from 29 November to 1 December. It aims to administer 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of the drive.

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