COMFORTING A CHILD. A young patient holds his father’s hand as a health worker injects her with Pfizer Covid19 vaccine at a roadside vaccination site on E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue corner Egea street, Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Quezon City on Tuesday (June 21, 2022). The vaccinations were for children from 5 to 11 years old as well as booster for adult vaccines from 18 years old above, those under the A1, A2 and A3 categories. (MNS photo)

MANILA, June 22 (Mabuhay) — The country remains under low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a notable increase in the number of new infections, a health official said Wednesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 3,198 new cases have been logged from June 14 to 20 nationwide.

The country’s average daily attack rate is less than one per 100,000 population.

“Nasa tinatayang 456 per day tayo nitong recent week na kasing taas na ng bilang ng mga kasong na-i-report nung pangalawang linggo ng Pebrero (We’re at 456 per day in the recent week which is as high as the reported cases during the second week of February) which was 466 cases per day from February 10 to 16 of 2022,” Vergeire said in an online media forum.

The National Capital Region maintains a sharp increase in reported cases as infections continue to rise in the area since mid-May with more than 200 cases per day in the recent week.

An increase in cases is also seen in the NCR plus areas, the rest of Luzon, and the Visayas but the count remains less than 80 infections per day.

In Mindanao, infections are on a plateau and cases are low despite established small increases with less than 40 cases per day.

“With these, the national positivity rate has increased to 3.1 percent similar to rates in the first March of this year,” Vergeire said.

More than half of the hospital admissions are asymptomatic and mild cases, making the hospital utilization rate remain at low risk.

There are only 554 severe and critical cases admitted to hospitals as of June 19.

An increase in the severe and critical cases in the recent few days was seen but it remains less than one percent of the 5,413 total hospital admissions.

The country’s healthcare utilization rate remains low risk between 14.61 percent and 17.82 percent utilization. (MNS)

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