DOH notes Covid-19 cases on the rise in 5 other regions

- B C M-C Correspond­ent

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday disclosed an alarming trend: they are also seeing Covid-19 cases rising in five regions of the country.

Health Undersecre­tary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that when the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite) Bubble was implemente­d, they observed that cases in other regions have also increased.

“As of yesterday [April 13], we saw that there is also a rise in cases in some regions—in Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4A, and CAR [Cordillera Administra­tive Region],” Vergeire said, partly in Filipino, responding to a question by BM in an online press briefing.

Vergeire also said that the health-care system in these regions are “also being affected as well.”

However, the available data on DOH Situation Report is only as of April 12, showing that 2,317 new cases were recorded (29,733 active cases) in Region 4A, 309 in Region 1 (4,171), 582 in Region 2 (7,944), 1,156 in Region 3 (15,956), and 361 CAR with 4,292 active cases.

Covid cases

ON Wednesday, the DOH logged 8,122 new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 892,880.

ere were also 501 recoveries and 162 deaths. Of the total number of cases, 19.4 percent (173,047) are active, 78.9 percent (704,386) have recovered, and 1.73 percent (15,447) have died.

At least 64 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassifi­ed as deaths after final validation. Twelve laboratori­es were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) on April 13, 2021.

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