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Philippines shifts daily COVID bulletin to weekly

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 866 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,663,920.

The DOH said 53 more people died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country’s death toll to 56,504.

The government has been issuing daily COVID-19 bulletin since the highly transmissible disease emerged in early 2020.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a television interview yesterday the DOH will cease issuing daily COVID-19 bulletin starting March 7 as coronavirus case count dips.

Instead, the DOH will issue a weekly bulletin every Monday afternoon, he added.

“The reason being, first, we already see very low caseload of COVID-19, and, number two, we have seen that even if we had surge sometime in mid-January, a tiny percentage of this accounted for severe and critical cases,” he said.

The DOH has reported under 2,000 new cases since February 19 as the Omicron wave which peaked in mid-January ebbed.

Outdoor crowds were back in the Philippine after officials lifted COVID restrictions. PHOTO: AP

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