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As instances rise, the government aims to improve the usage of the Covid vaccine.

Following a sharp increase in cases, the government is looking to increase the use of the coronavirus disease vaccine in 2019, according to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

According to Marcos, the “vaccination push” would concentrate on the younger generations.

“We will need to conduct another vaccination drive, especially for young people, to reduce cases, especially with people being a little bit, shall we say, nahihirapan na nga eh dahil sa init, that brings downโ€ฆhumihina ang katawan (suffering due to the hot weather that weakens their immune system),” he said. “This will make them more susceptible to Covid again.”

He allayed concerns about the increasing numbers and voiced confidence in the ability of government agencies to handle the situation right away.

“We may need to consider itโ€ฆ I’m looking at that although the rate of increase is increasing, the baseline is still small, so hopefully, we’ll still be able to do it, he said. “Although the rate of increase is increasing, the baseline is still small, so we should still be able to do it,” he said.

Deputy Director of the Department of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire previously stated that several reasons, including the population’s movement during holidays and the number of people undergoing the Covid-19 test, are to blame for the spike in the positivity rate.

She noted, however, that the public shouldn’t solely use the positive rate to assess the country’s Covid-19 status.

Vergeire also reassured the public that the number of Covid-19 cases continues to be rare and that the healthcare system is set up to handle the rise in infections.

The National Capital Region’s (NCR) positivity rate, or the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19, jumped to 12.3 percent as of April 26, according to the most recent statistics from the OCTA Research Group, which was revealed on Wednesday.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA fellow, said the number is up 4.2 percentage points from the 8.1 percent reported last week.

He stated there were 4,446 active cases, 506 new cases, 0 fatalities, 315 recoveries, and the nation.

There have been 4,090,215 cases, 66,444 fatalities, and 4,019,325 recoveries.

The NCR had the most new cases, with 197, followed by Rizal with 35 and Laguna with 29.

The nation’s optimism rate has risen to 12.9% in the meantime.

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