By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday the highest daily number of COVID-19 cases, with 17,231 new infections.

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In addition, 317 deaths were also reported.

This brings the country’s cumulative totals to 1,807,800 cases and 31,198 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) reported today that about half of the region’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a full 70 percent of the estimated eligible adult population of 10 million have received the first dose.

Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, with University of the Philippines College of Medicine stated on his Facebook page:

As horrific as the absolute number of cases is today (17,231), there is some reason to hope as we are continuing to see a significant decrease in the proportion of severe and critical cases. From a cumulative 2.8% (1.0% critical and 1.8% severe) from two weeks ago, the cumulative for today is 1.9% (0.7% critical and 1.2% severe). Severe and critical cases are the ones that fill up our hospitals and ICUs. Remember that an increasing proportion of Delta is driving this, and that Delta is associated with higher rates of severe disease.

This decrease in proportion of severe and critical can only be attributed to one thing – VACCINATION.