The Department of Health (DOH) projected that the country would record over 19,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections every day by August 31 amid the continuous surge of cases in the country. 

“Based on our latest projections and our current case trends, the number of detected cases at the national level are projected to be on a continuous uptrend, with an estimated 19,306 cases reported daily by August 31,” the DOH said in a statement Tuesday.

The health department added that the figures may still change to 6,194 to 8,346 infections with improved vaccination rates and compliance of the public to minimum health protocols. 

The DOH also said that admission and hospital utilization rates are also considered as determining factors in alert levels. 

“With the advances in Covid-19 treatment and the availability of vaccines to combat severe and critical disease, as well as deaths, we now have the capability to reduce the vulnerable population and keep hospital utilization and fatalities to a minimum,” it said.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 1 until the end of July. — Ronald Espartinez