Daily average of new COVID-19 cases down by 12 percent to 1,143

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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that a total of 8,004 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country from November 14 to 20, 2022.

This means an average of 1,143 new COVID-19 cases daily were recorded in the country for the period mentioned, which is 12 percent lower compared to the number of cases registered from November 7 to 13, 2022, according to the latest DOH National COVID-19 Case Bulletin.

Among the new cases, two were listed as severe and critical. Meanwhile, 93 fatalities were recorded, 28 of which happened from November 7 up to November 20, 2022.

On November 20, 2022, 568 patients were reported as severe and critical and admitted to hospitals due to COVID-19. Of the 2,358 ICU beds allotted for patients with COVID-19, 493 beds or 20.9 percent were occupied. Meanwhile, 4,796 or 23.1 percent of the 20,754 non-ICU COVID-19 beds are currently being utilized.

More than 73 million individuals or 94.38 percent of the target population have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 while 20 million individuals received their booster shots. On the other hand, 6.9 million senior citizens or 79.46 percent of the target A2 population received their primary series.

The DOH continues to remind the public not to be complacent against the continued threat of COVID-19 and to always follow minimum public health standards under Alert Level 1 classification such as the proper wearing of best-fitted face masks and remain in well-ventilated areas, and to immediately isolate at the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

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