November 26, 2021

The Department of Health is optimistic about the pandemic response.

As national case trends continue to decline, the Department of Health (DOH) welcomed a positive outlook on the government’s pandemic response on Thursday.

In the last week, data from the Department of Health revealed a further decrease in the average daily cases.

With a recent negative 49 percent two-week growth rate and a moderate average daily attack rate of 1.55 cases per 100,000 population, the nationwide risk classification remains low.

89 percent of the country’s 121 provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities are on Alert Level 2 with minimal to low-risk case classification, while the rest are on Alert Level 3 and one province is on Alert Level 4.

According to data compiled by Oxford University’s Our World in Data as of November 22, the Philippines has fewer confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths per one million people than some of its ASEAN neighbors.

According to World Health Organization data, as of November 23, the country was ranked 65th in terms of active cases, 134th in terms of Covid-19 cases per million, 120th in terms of deaths per million, and 93rd in terms of case fatality rate.

Since the end of case peaks in September 2021, these rankings have improved.

“The Department of Health had remained steadfast and persistent, working diligently at both the policy and operational levels, anchored on a whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and whole-of-systems approach.” In a news release, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated, “Our agile decision-making is always data-driven and informed by best available evidence, and always centered on what is best for the safety and health of Filipinos.”

Based on case trends and projections, available resources, and evolving evidence, the DOH and other agencies continue to adopt policies and implement measures.

“Because of the whole-of-nation approach, we were able to achieve better health outcomes despite limited health system capacity.” As we work to realize the vision of Universal Health Care for all Filipinos, we’d like to dedicate our victories against the pandemic to our healthcare workers who have selflessly dedicated their lives to providing both Covid and non-Covid-19 health care to Filipinos,” Duque said.

With vaccines now available as an additional line of defense against the disease, the Philippines is pushing to vaccinate a larger portion of its population.

The Department of Health (DOH) urged the public to embrace the Bayanihan spirit and work together to achieve the goal of 15 million people inoculated during the upcoming three-day National Vaccination Day, which will take place from November 29 to December 1.

“Let’s get Bayanihan Bakunahan ready!” We encourage all Filipinos to volunteer during this time and work together to immunize more of our kababayan so that the economy can safely reopen,” Duque said.

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