The death toll due to COVID-19 in the Philippines is now at 20,019 after 36 new fatalities were reported on Tuesday, May 25.
The Department of Health (DOH) also reported 3,972 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total caseload in the country to 1,188,672.
Meanwhile, recoveries are up by 4,659, raising the total recoveries to 1,120,452.
The DOH reported a positivity rate of 13.1% out of 32,112 tests in its bulletin. These positive cases are added to the tally of confirmed cases only after further validation. This process helps ensure cases would not be recorded in duplicate, and that all test results had been submitted, explained the department.
The DOH said all testing hubs were operational on Sunday, May 23, while 10 laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. The cases reflected in the bulletin were based on tests conducted two days ago.
On Tuesday morning, the Department of Science and Technology said that country will be conducting a study that will look into the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines in a real-world setting. The study is slated to begin in June.
Meanwhile, a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found that coronavirus vaccines developed by Sinovac Biotech, and Pfizer and BioNTech topped a list of shots preferred by adults in the Philippines. – Rappler.com