Philippine Covid positivity rate stands at 3.5% as of Aug 11

2023 August 12

MANILA – The country’s positivity rate, or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), stood at 3.5 percent as of Aug. 11.

Over Twitter on Saturday, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure was the same as the positivity rate during the week ending Aug. 4.

“The Department of Health (DOH) reported 141 new cases, three deaths, 217 recoveries. About 29 of the new cases are from the National Capital Region, projecting 100 to 150 new cases on Aug. 12,” he said.

The country’s overall tally of Covid-19 infections has reached 4,120,971 with 3,314 active cases.

Meanwhile, a total of 66,646 individuals have died of the disease.

At least 78,443,972 or 100.4 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578) have been vaccinated against Covid-19 as of March 19.

A total of 23,811,248 have received booster shots out of the fully vaccinated population.

Last week, Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said the immuno-compromised and the general public could already receive bivalent vaccines as a third booster dose.

Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Enrique Tayag said on Wednesday the bivalent vaccines could now be administered as a first or second booster shot for health care workers, senior citizens, and the immuno-compromised.

Previously, they were only given as a third booster dose for health care workers and senior citizens.

The DOH made the adjustment after only 38 percent of the 391,000 donated doses allotted for both population subgroups have been used. 

Ma. Teresa Montemayor (PNA)