The Monday rundown and the data for 03.21.2022

It’s a Monday. Which means, it’s the day when the Health Agency provides a summary for what transpired from the last 7 days (March 14-20, 2022).

And here’s the rundown:

  • Healthcare utilization is at very low risk with both ICU and non-ICU bed utilization at <20% for COVID cases. The number of severe and critically ill is now at triple digits from a previous week of four digits.
  • Vaccination is slightly higher but at a very slow increase with only a little more than 630K added to fully vaccinated individuals and >370K added for booster or additional dose. More than 75% of the target A2 (senior citizen) population is now vaccinated.
  • There were 3572 new case this week (no saying if they include backlogs or not) for a 7-day average of 510 cases/day. While there continues to have a decline in cases, the decrease has slowed down to -13%. Which means that we are likely reaching a trough.
  • There were 655 deaths added (for about 95 deaths a day). Most likely, this includes those who were declared recovered but eventually verified to have passed away due to COVID19. Of the 655 deaths, 97 occurred in March (14.8%), 122 in February (18.6%) and 81 in January (12.4%). That meant that 54.2% were from August 2020 to December 2021! The largest bulk were deaths in October (101) and September (100).

The DoH today report 415 new cases with 13 deaths. The positivity rate is a tad up at 2.8% (from 2.7%) but can be due to very few tests being done. On March 20, less than 15,000 individuals were tested. (412 of 14,645 individuals tested last March 20 tested positive.)

NCR owned 115 of the 415 (27.7%) of the total cases for the day. Only 4 LGUs in NCR had double digits: City of Manila 20, Quezon City 19, and Taguig and Caloocan 14 each. All the rest had single digit cases with Pateros, the lone LGU reporting zero covid.

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