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Despite the threat of Omicron XE, signs of Covid-19 endemicity have been observed in PH.

MANILA, Philippines โ€” According to an infectious disease expert on Wednesday, despite the additional threat posed by the recombinant strain Omicron XE, the Philippines is witnessing some indicators of Covid-19 endemicity.

Dr. Edsel Salvaa, a member of the Department of Health’s Technical Advisory Group, said endemicity is a gradual process that a country goes through in a televised public briefing.

“Nakikita na naman natin ang signs ng endemicity dito โ€“ na hindi nape-pressure ang health system, manageable na, meron tayong mga lunas para dito (We can see the signs of endemicity here โ€“ the health system is not under pressure, [admissions] are manageable, we have a cure [for cases]) and we know how to prevent [ It’s getting endemic, in a sense,” Salvana remarked.

He said that daily coronavirus cases are still modest, which is a step toward endemicity. To minimize a possible outbreak of illnesses, the public must be alert in using precautions such as minimum health regulations.

The endemic phase, according to experts, means that the pandemic will not end with the virus disappearing. Even if the virus continues to circulate, vaccination and natural infection will protect enough people, leading to less transmission and Covid-19-related illness and death.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night that the country had only 2,548 instances from March 30 to April 5, down from 2,643 cases the previous week.

With only one case added to the severe and critical cases list, the country’s average case count per day is 364.

The case fatality rate is still low (1.61%), but the recovery rate is excellent (97.47%).

The positivity rate is also modest, at 1.8 percent out of a total of 20,990 positive results from the seven-day moving average testing.

Duque went on to say that healthcare use is still low, with only 17.7% of non-intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 15.6 percent of ICU beds being utilized.

Only 785 (or 12.4%) of the 6,327 total hospitalizations are classed as serious and critical.

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