In only three days, the Philippines logged another record in daily cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Monday or 8,109.
The previous high was 7,999 that was recorded on Saturday.
Monday’s tally of new Covid-19 cases pushes to 80,970 the total number of active cases in the Philippines.
The Department of Health said most of the active cases or 95.4 percent are considered mild symptoms while 2.2 percent were asymptomatic. Furthermore, 1 percent of the active patients had severe symptoms while 0.9 percent were in critical condition.
In terms of recovery, the DOH logged 103 to bring the total number of recoveries to 577,850. Only four fatalities were recorded for a total death toll of 12,972.
Meanwhile, total case count now stands at 671,792.
Despite the recent spike in daily Covid-19 cases, the government is hoping for a 25-percent reduction in Covid-19 cases nationwide as a result of the two-week general community quarantine (GCQ) bubble placed over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna until April 4, Malacañang said on Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government is hoping that additional restrictions in Metro Manila and the four nearby provinces would prevent the further spread of the virus.
“That’s why we appeal to the public that even if we do not prohibit you from going outside the NCR+ bubble, we hope you stay home because we hope to reduce cases by more than 25 percent) ,” Roque said in a virtual press briefing in Filipino.
Roque described the 25-percent reduction in Covid-19 cases nationwide as a “realistic goal” made by the government for the next two weeks.
He also expressed hope that Filipinos will consider the upcoming Holy Week as an opportunity to stay home.
Roque said the government hopes that the two-week GCQ bubble would also help lower the increasing intensive care utilization rate in Metro Manila.
Citing data from health authorities, Roque said the intensive care utilization rate in Metro Manila is nearing 70 percent.
Nationwide, 53 percent of 1,900 intensive care beds are still available; 39 percent of 13,500 isolation beds are unoccupied; and 38 percent of 6,000 ward beds are still available.
The country has seen more than 7,000 daily infections in recent days as new coronavirus variants have been detected.
Roque attributed the spike in Covid-19 cases to new variants, low masking compliance, super spreader events, gatherings, reduced surveillance, reduced contact tracing, and delayed testing.