TACLOBAN CITY-At least two patients died and another is in critical condition due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here in the region.

The Department of Health (DOH) identified the fatalities as a 55-year-old woman from Northern Samar, who died on December 23, 2022; and a 79-year-old woman from Leyte, who died on December 28, 2022.

In its latest bulletin, DOH said that out of 49 intensive care unit (ICU) beds intended for patients with COVID-19, 3 or 6.12% are occupied while 21.04% of the 1,093 non-ICU COVID-19 beds are currently being used.

As of January 4, the region’s total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 64,610, with total recoveries at 63,894 (98.89 %), total deaths at 689 (1.07%), bringing the total active cases to 27 or 0.04.

At least 27 new cases were also recorded from December 26, 2022 to January 2 of this year out of 620 laboratory test results in four testing centers in the region.
The DOH said that the figure represents a four percent positivity rate.

“As we go through a more lenient implementation of our border restrictions which cause our mobility to increase, it is very important to still practice our health protocols,” it said.
Presently, 2,871,625 individuals or 85.9% of the region’s target population, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 536,375 individuals have already received their booster shots, with 70.1 % of the target A2 population already received their primary series. (RONALD O. REYES)