The Health Agency announces 17891 cases for the week of September 19-25, 2022, pushing the 7-day average of cases to 2556/day. This was 22% higher than the 14707 cases for the week of September 12-18, 2022. There were 242 additional deaths for this week with 29 of the deaths occurring recently (September 12-25).
Healthcare utilization is lower at 27.8% for non ICU beds compared to the previous week of 28.9%, while ICU bed utilization is also down at 22.9% versus 24.1% the previous week. There were only 2 severe and critical cases added to this week.
While the Health Agency announces that 93.49% of the population is now fully vaccinated, the data is not correct considering that the denominator being used here for population eligible for immunization were those 18 years old and up when the vaccination roll out began in 2021. Since vaccination is now approved for 5 years and up, the denominator should be adjusted according to age. Adjusted vaccination accomplishment is in reality at 67%, one of the lowest in the East Asian region. Lower still are those who have gotten at least ONE booster where less than 19.5M Filipinos have even received a single booster.
Today, there were 2001 new cases added with a high 14% positivity to start the week (remember that every Monday, we reset the positivity rate). There were 29 added deaths today. NCR owned 947 cases today.
In NCR, Quezon City continued to lead with 204 cases followed by Manila with 111. Twelve LGUs reported double digits – Makati 88, Taguig 85, Pasig 66, Valenzuela 56, Pasay City 54, Parañaque and Marikina 50 each, Caloocan 41, Las Piñas 40, Mandaluyong 34, Muntinlupa 28, San Juan 15 and Malabon 13.
Outside NCR, three provinces had triple digits – Cavite 135, Rizal 123, Bulacan 102. Provinces with more than 50 but less than 100 cases were: Laguna 58, Pampanga 52 and Davao del Sur 50.