The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, October 2, reported the lowest number of COVID-19 recoveries in over five months at 894. This brings the total recoveries in the country to 2,397,456.
The reported number of recoveries on Saturday was the lowest since April 17, when 799 recoveries were recorded at the time. Prior to this, the country had been logging thousands of recoveries per day since it implemented “Oplan Recoveries” in April this year. (READ: Rise in COVID-19 daily recoveries expected. Here’s why.)
Oplan Recoveries involves implementing the World Health Organization’s “time-based” and “symptoms-based” strategy for discharging patients. This setup has also been endorsed by the Philippine College of Physicians and Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
The health department has yet to respond to the questions of reporters regarding the relatively low number of recoveries reported on Saturday.
The DOH also reported 14,786 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases in the country to 2,580,173. This is the sixth consecutive day that the country logged less than 20,000 infections.
Prior to this, the country had been recording more than 20,000 cases due to the highly-transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant. On September 11, the Philippines saw its highest single-day COVID-19 tally since the pandemic began in March 2020 at 26,303.
Octa Research fellow Guido David on September 18 had said there were early indications that “the surge may have already peaked in the National Capital Region.” He cited the decreasing reproduction rate and positivity rate.
The DOH, however, didn’t agree with Guido, saying that this needed further studies. (READ: DOH: Hard to say if COVID-19 cases have peaked in Metro Manila)
The reproduction rate is the number of people that one COVID-19 positive case can infect, while the positivity rate is the percentage of all COVID-19 tests performed that are actually positive. – Rappler.com