MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 case tracker inputs new updates about the cases in the Philippines after the national elections.
As of today, May 11, 2022, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rises. Data shows that 182 new coronavirus disease cases with zero deaths were added last May 9 and another 127 cases were added as of May 10.
This brings the total cases to 3,687,320 with 3,638 active cases, 3,623,243 recoveries, and 60,439 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
According to the data last May 9, 12,066 individuals have been tested in different labs and out of 340 testing labs, 297 were submitted. This brings the cumulative positive rate to 14.2%.
The DOH is continuously validating the number of positive individuals as reported by the laboratories. DOH previously stated that it is closely monitoring specific areas where positive growth rate may come to arise.
According to projections from the DOH’s FASTER team, active cases could reach 300,000 nationwide and 500,000 in Metro Manila by the middle of May if compliance with minimum public health standards falls to 30 to 50%.
FASSSTER (Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance Using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler) is a team of experts who analyze, survey and detect diseases.
However, DOH clarifies that the recent warning of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases is only a projection.
“Gusto ko lang paaalalahanan ang lahat at ipaliwanag (I’d like to remind and explain to everyone) —these are projections. When we talk about projections, these are not cast in stone,” DOH Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire stated in a press briefing.
“Ibig sabihin, hindi natin alam kung ito ay mangyayari o kung ito ay hindi mangyayari. Ito ay ginagamit ng pamahalaan para maguide tayo sa pagpplano, at pagp-prepara at mag-inform at maguide ang ating mga kababayan,” she added.
(This means that we do not know if it will happen. The projections are used by the government as a guide for plans and preparation to inform and guide the people.)
The projections, according to Vergeire, are based on the risk factors present in the country. Crowding and mass gatherings, such as those seen at campaign rallies and election day, are among the risk factors.
Meanwhile, the Philippines has administered at least 147,790,780 doses of COVID vaccines so far. – WhatALife!