By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported an additional 3,574 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, bring the total to 342,816, including 43,332 active cases.
The National Capital Region (NCR) reported 1,344 of the new cases, followed by the provinces of Cavite with 215, Laguna with 212, Rizal with 211, and Iloilo with 164 infections.
The DOH also reported 11 deaths, which brings the total to 6,332.
The Department of Health (DOH) said that 2.4 million Filipino children are vulnerable to contracting measles.
To date, the DOH accomplishment for immunization for children in the country has gone down to less than 50 percent, health officials said.
The DOH is set to launch its supplemental immunization activities on October 26 that will continue until next year, where the DOH with the help of the local government units will go house-to-house to be able to reach and have the children vaccinated.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic contributed to the low turnout of immunization among children because many were not able to bring them to the clinic or health centers.
As of August 2020, there are around 3,500 reported measles cases with 36 deaths. Most of the cases are among children under five years old.
Dengue fever cases in the Philippines are down in 2020. From January 1 to August 22, 2020, there
have been a total of 60,819 dengue cases with 236 deaths (CFR 0.4%) reported, 77% lower compared to
the 267,241 cases reported in the same period in 2019.
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