4 regions remain at high risk for COVID-19 — DOH

By JOAHNA LEI CASILAO, GMA News

Published February 8, 2022 2:18pm

Four regions in the Philippines remain at high risk for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said these are Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, the Davao Region, and SOCCSKSARGEN.

“Ang kanilang 2-week growth rate ay still mataas kumpara sa ibang rehiyon ng bansa na negatibo na. Kasi katulad nga ng sinabi natin, ‘yung pagtaas nila medyo latter part compared to other regions,” she said at a media briefing.

(Their 2-week growth rates remain high compared to other regions which are already negative. Like what I was saying, their increase was much later than other regions.)

Vergeire said the average daily attack rate of the regions is slowly declining.

Data showed that the Zamboanga Peninsula recorded an ADAR of 9.04 per 100,000 population, followed by 12.57 for SOCCSKSARGEN, 13.44 for Northern Mindanao, and 20.72 for the Davao Region.

“So that’s what I was explaining na mahirap po tayo magsabi sa ngayon na tail-end na tayo when in fact, there are still other regions with this kind of risk classification,” she said.

According to Vergeire, the Philippines remains at moderate risk for COVID-19 with an ADAR of 11.35 per 100,000 population.

She said the national average of daily cases decreased by 52% than last week.

Meanwhile, the country’s positivity rate was recorded at 22.2% while the total bed utilization rate is at a low risk of 37%.

Vergeire said that 71.8% of severe and critical COVID-19 admissions are unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

Data also showed that 77.4% of COVID-19 fatalities are unvaccinated and are not fully vaccinated.

“Lumalabas na ang isang unvaccinated o partially vaccinated individual ay mayroon 1.63 times tsana magkaroon ng malubha o kritikal na karamdahan dahil sa COVID-19,” she said.

(It shows that an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individual is 1.63 times more likely to develop severe or critical COVID-19.)

“Habang 2.08 times naman higher ang tsana mamatay ang isang unvaccinated o partially vaccinated individual dahil sa COVID-19 kung ikukumpara sa mga indibidwal na fully vaccinated,” she added.

(Meanwhile, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are 2.08 times more likely to succumb to COVID-19.)

Data from the vaccination dashboard show that more than 60 million have received at least one dose, 59.8 million have been fully vaccinated against the illness, and 8 million have received a booster shot. — RSJ, GMA News

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