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DoH welcomes positive pandemic outlook

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Thursday welcomed the positive outlook on the government’s pandemic response as the national case trends continued to decline.

In a statement, the DoH said that the nationwide risk classification remained low with a negative 49 percent two-week growth rate in recent weeks, and moderate average daily attack rate at 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 one 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, 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.

The Philippines has recorded a total of 975 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total caseload in the country to 2,829,618.

Based on its latest case bulletin, the fresh infections pushed the country’s active cases to 17,796, of which 52.7 percent are mild, 5.4 percent are asymptomatic, 6 percent are severe, and 14.4 percent are in critical condition.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 47,875 after 193 new fatalities were recorded.

Meanwhile, the recoveries rose to 2,763,947 after 1,029 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

Out of the 62,369 individuals who were screened for Covid-19 on 23 November, 2.8 percent or a total of 38,961 turned out positive.

The DoH noted that 17 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 15 are recoveries.

“Moreover, 181 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency added.

The agency also said that two labs were not operational on 23 November 2021, while three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the five non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.2 percent of positive individuals,” it added.

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