Total infections soar to 454,447

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    TOTAL infections in the country climbed to 454,447 yesterday as the Department of Health reported 1,470 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and 17 more deaths that raised the number of fatalities to 8,850.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said Quezon City had 74 new cases, Rizal 64, Makati 58, Davao City 55, and Quezon 46.

    There were 633 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 419,902. The DOH said this means that 92.4 percent of patients have recovered.

    Less the deaths and recoveries, the DOH said there are 25,695 active cases, accounting for 5.7 percent of cases in the country.

    Of the active cases, 84.8 percent are mild cases, 6.9 percent are asymptomatic cases, 5.4 percent are critical cases, 2.7 percent are severe cases, and 0.30 percent are moderate cases.

    Makati Mayor Abby Binay said more than 2,000 frontliners in Makati received wellness kits on Wednesday as the city’s way of showing gratitude to them.

    “Through these wellness kits, we aim to send a message of thanks to our medical frontliners. We want to show them that we care and we treasure them. We gratefully attribute to their tireless efforts and contributions the effectiveness of our COVID-19 response,” Binay said.

    She said 2,536 health workers and frontliners from the Makati Health Department (MHD), Ospital ng Makati (OsMak), and Incident Command Post (ICP) received wellness kits containing grocery items, a juice box with a reusable tumbler, one dozen original glazed flavored donuts, and a food voucher worth P500.

    Aside from providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard pay, free shuttle services, vitamins, free flu and pneumonia vaccination, and free mass testing for the health workers, the city also approved the increase of salary for nurses and the additional hiring of health workers in Makati. – With Noel Talacay