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Unvaccinated people account for 43% of Covid-19 deaths: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday that the unvaccinated account for almost 43% of deaths attributable to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), highlighting vaccination’s critical role in disease prevention.

Out of the 4,116,925 cases reported statewide since January 2020, the DOH has recorded 66,453 fatal cases of Covid-19 up of March 15.

In a media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated, “If we look at our analysis, 43% of deaths from Covid-19 are from those unvaccinated individuals, so [this] po natin makikita kung gaano ka-importante po ang pagbabakuna laban sa Covid-19.”

She continued by noting that the daily average of Covid-19 cases increased by 28% from May 9 to May 15, going from 1,400 infections per day recorded the previous week (May 2 to 8) to 1,798 cases per day from May 9 to 15.

The national optimism rate is now 23.5 percent, up from 20 percent the previous week.

As of March 20, 2023, more than 78.4 million Filipinos, including 10.2 million teenagers, 5.6 million children, and 7.2 million senior individuals, had received all of their recommended vaccinations.

Nearly 4.4 million people have received their second booster dose, while more than 23.8 million have already received their first.

Vergeire confirmed the local transmission of the Omicron XBB.1.16 or Arcturus subvariant in the same media forum.

This was done after discovering three additional occurrences of the subvariant in Western Visayas by recent genome sequencing.

The first instance was discovered in the province of Iloilo last month.

“We think, based on what we’re seeing, that there is already no linkage to any of these cases that we have been identifying, that there is already a local transmission of this Arcturus just like any of the different subvariants or the Omicron variant in the country,” she added.

However, Vergeire reassured the public that there is no need for them to be concerned about local transmission because they can always prevent themselves by adhering to health precautions like donning face masks, getting shots, and receiving booster doses.

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