Manila, Philippines — Based on data from the Department of Health, the Philippines has seen a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases over the past week. Only 4,281 cases were registered, which represents a 35% decrease compared to the previous week’s figures. The daily average of infections from June 12 to June 18 was 612. Despite this decline, the country has recorded over 1,000 weekly cases for 14 consecutive weeks.

However, the good news is that the number of cases reported this week is the lowest in seven weeks from April 24 to April 30, 2023. During that period, there were only 4,456 cases reported by the DOH.

The Department of Health’s case bulletin reported a 9 percent decrease in the number of severe or critical COVID-19 cases from the latest infections. This data shows that out of all new cases, only 57 were deemed severe or critical, which is a significant decrease of 50 hospital admissions in comparison to the previous week.

As of June 20, the number of COVID-19 patients in severe or critical condition was at least 477, which accounts for 10.6 percent of all patients. Furthermore, the DOH disclosed that 16.6 percent of intensive care unit beds designated for COVID-19 patients were occupied, while the non-ICU bed utilization rate was observed to be at 19.5 percent.

Despite efforts to combat COVID-19, the Philippines continues to experience new cases and fatalities. In just over three years since the pandemic began, more than 4.159 million infections have been reported in the country, resulting in at least 66,482 deaths.

The Department of Health (DOH) recently verified one death from May 2023 during the past week, indicating that the virus is still active in the country. As of June 19, 2023, there are currently 8,659 active cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. We must continue to take precautions and follow safety guidelines to protect ourselves and those around us.