DOH notes rise in COVID-19 deaths

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — There has been a recent rise in the country's COVID-19 death toll, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

DOH Officer-in-Charge Ma. Rosario Vergeire said the average number of deaths per day from July to mid-August is eight to nine. This is far from the average of one death per day in June, she added.

“There is this observed increase in the number of deaths over these past months,” said Vergeire in a press briefing. “Nung June, we are just averaging one death per day. Pero nung pumasok po yung July and even mid-August ngayon, meron po tayong naitatala, for July, we have averaged eight deaths per day. For mid-August, nine deaths per day naman.”

[Translation: There is this observed increase in the number of deaths over these past months. Last June, we are just averaging one death per day. But for July, we have averaged eight deaths per day and for mid-August, there are nine deaths per day.]

Vergeire said that most of the deaths recorded since July were unvaccinated against COVID-19.

“Upon analyzing our data from July 1 to August 14, ang ating detalye ng mga nadi-discharge o namamatay sa ospital, we found that 63% of these deaths were those who were not vaccinated,” she said.

[Translation: Upon analyzing our data from July 1 to 14, of the patients who were discharged or died, we found that 63% of these deaths were those who were not vaccinated.]

The DOH reported 26,302 new COVID-19 cases from August 12-18, with a daily average of 3,757 infections. There are now 3.84 million COVID-19 cases nationwide, with active cases of 36,115 and death toll of 61,221.

But the agency said the whole country remains at low-risk classification. It added that the number of patients with severe and critical symptoms remains below 1,000.

Moreover, the DOH said 72.3 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 17.3M have received at least one booster dose.