The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday reported a decrease in the 2021 case fatality rate (CFR) among coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases despite the increasing number of infections by threefold.
Comparing data in 2020 and 2021 cases, the current CFR is now at 1.47 percent — significantly lower compared to 2.47 percent in 2020.
“The DoH recorded a total case count of 472,205 at the end of 2020 versus a total of 1,929,711 from 1 January to 21 September 2021, which accounts to a 309 percent increase in cases in 2021 compared to 2020,” said the Health department.
Among all the regions, the National Capital Region (NCR) — which has the highest number of cases in 2021 — had the lowest CFR at less than 1 percent.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the decrease shown in the national case fatality rate was multifactorial.
“One of the factors that the Department is considering is the overall improvement of the country’s healthcare system over the past year and its ability to cope with the higher demand for clinical assessment, referral, and management of cases,” Vergeire said.
She also said that the Covid-19 vaccination program also played a role in the decrease of mortality rate.
“Moreover, this was the effect of the strategies and behavioral-change campaigns implemented as early as August 2020 to mitigate the risk of transmission and slow down the spread of Covid-19,” Vergeire said.
The Health department added that the CFR among senior citizens in 2021 was two times lower compared to 2020.
The DoH said that the national government together with the local government units must continue to increase coverage among the A2 priority group to protect them from the severe form of Covid-19, leading to hospitalization and even deaths.
Since January last year, a total of 36,934 individuals have died due to Covid-19 in the country, 105 of them were medical frontliners.
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