By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) recorded 3954 positive COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the country total to 89,374. The National Capital Region (NCR) reported 1,703 cases, while Cebu saw 958 cases and Laguna reported an additional 177 cases.

An additional 23 deaths were reported taking the death tally to 1983.

Health officials also report 22,327 active cases — with 88 percent being mild, 9.6 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 1.0 percent are critical patients.

The case doubling time is 8.94 days and the mortality doubling time is 12.87 days.

Avian influenza

In light of the H5N6 avian influenza outbreak in Pampanga, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has reactivated the National Avian Influenza Task Force (NAITF).

Under resolution no. 60, it directs the Department of Agriculture to strengthen coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with local government units to do sustained monitoring and surveillance of the H5N6 avian influenza and its possible effects to humans.

In addition,  agencies will also be tasked to intensify information campaign that chicken meat and eggs are safe for human consumption; strictly enforce the Good Animal Husbandry Practices; and enjoin the public to immediately report poultry mortalities to their respective LGUs and to the DA Regional Field Offices or to the DA-Bureau of Animal Industries.

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