DOH: COVID-19 cases rise by 59%; increase seen in all age groups
MANILA, Philippines — The country has recorded a 59-percent increase in COVID-19 cases among all age groups in the previous two weeks, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
In a statement, the DOH said “there was an overall 59% increase in cases among all age groups during the period of July 13 to 25 compared with July 26 to August 8.”
“Additionally, among the age groups, the highest increase was observed among the 30-39 age group and lowest among those 80 years old and above during the same period,” the agency added.
The DOH issued the statement as it clarified that the increase in COVID-19 cases is being observed across all age groups and not just among children.
“Naiintindihan po namin ang mga agam-agam at pangamba ng ating mga kababayan sa mga balitang lumalabas ngayon tungkol sa pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa mga bata. Ngunit dapat ay liwanagan natin na itong pagtaas ng kaso ay nararamdaman sa lahat ng grupo at hindi lang sa mga bata,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
(We understand the fear of the public about news that COVID-19 cases are increasing among kids. However, we should clarify that the increase in cases is being seen among all age groups and not just among kids.)
Vergeire also reiterated that due to the global scarcity in vaccine supply, the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program is following priority groups in order to allocate the vaccines to those who need them the most.
Vergeire then urged those eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their families against the disease.
“By vaccinating yourselves, you are also protecting the children as you will shield them from possible COVID-19 infection,” she noted.
The country has 77,516 active COVID-19 cases, including 9,671 new cases logged on Sunday.
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