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COVID-19 cases drop 9% in 1st week of Jan.

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COMMUTERS pass through a walkway in Recto, Manila, Aug. 25. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

THE PHILIPPINES posted 3,127 new coronavirus infections in the previous week with a daily average of 447, according to health authorities.  

The daily average from Jan. 2 to 6 was 9% lower than the average cases per day from a week earlier, the Department of Health (DoH) said in a bulletin on Monday.   

Of the new cases, seven were severe and critical, it added. 

DoH said 79 new deaths were “verified” in the past week, 17 of which occurred from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8.  

It said 431 of 2,379 intensive care unit (ICU) beds had been used as of Jan. 8, while 4,185 of 19,373 non-ICU beds were occupied. There were 507 severe and critical admissions, it added.  

The Health agency said 73.79 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with 21.19 million having received booster shots. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza