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Cases increase as a result of Covid variations and procedure violations.

The presence of the highly contagious coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variants, lax observance of the minimum health standards, and increased interaction of people due to more relaxed restrictions led to the increased risk of transmission in Western Visayas, a regional health official said on Friday.

According to the Western Visayas Center for Health Development of the Department of Health, there were 2,031 active cases in the region as of July 21, 2022. (DOH WV CHD).

There are currently 2,031 active cases, up from 177 new cases from yesterday (July 21). According to Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, director of the DOH WV CHD Infectious Disease Section, “We have reported 91 recoveries and zero deaths.”

According to her, 93.60 percent of cases are asymptomatic or have just minor symptoms.

She stated that the region’s daily average cases had already risen to 133, greater than the 33 cases per day in June and the eight cases per day on average in May.

However, at 35.89 percent, the rate of health care consumption is still low risk.

“Our sub-variants, especially our BA.5, which is highly contagious when compared to our original Omicron variant; our declined compliance with minimum health standards, especially on the correct and consistent use of face masks; and the opening up of economy in Level 1 areas leading to increased human interaction, increased the risk of transmission,” she said.

On July 20, it was revealed at the DOH central office’s virtual media forum that Western Visayas has 309 BA.5 variants, seven BA.4 instances, and two BA.2.12.1 cases.

The medical officer stated that if a population member is eligible and has already had their primary series, they constantly stress the importance of getting vaccinated in order to guard against the more contagious varieties.

They must one more strengthen their immune systems because after their primary series, their immunity against Covid-19 also begins to fade.

Adults with comorbid conditions, senior persons, and medical professionals can already get the second booster.

We have adequate immunizations, and our booster will be a Pfizer vaccine. We still have funds available from our national vaccine operations center, according to Natalaray.

According to data as of July 18, 5,177, 528 or 79.9% of the target population of 6,480,257 are fully immunized, 170, 136 or 2.63 are only partially immunized, 778,158 or 12.01 percent have had their first booster shot, and 28, 528 or.44 percent have had their second.

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