Philippine COVID-19 cases soar to 7,999 cases today
MANILA – Government health authorities today revealed 7,999 new COVID-19 cases as concerns were remained high that higher figures are expected in the next couple of weeks. It will be recalled the Department of Health reported 7,103 cases yesterday.
The total number of active cases from last year reached 656,056. This is the second straight day that the surge in COVID-19 cases continued way beyond the 7,000 mark. The surge ironically came as the country marked the first anniversary of the lockdown which brought unimaginable economic losses. Millions of jobs were lost in the process.
According to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics, it was also reported that active cases totaled 80,642, said to be the highest from August 15 when health authorities said there were 83,109 cases.
Recoveries reached 597 and has reached 562,484. There were 30 more fatalities today as the death toll climbed to 12,930. What may appear disturbing is the failure of six laboratories to submit their data yesterday, Friday.
Metro Manila has remained COVID-19’s epicenter of the disease. From 30,131 persons who underwent testing as of yesterday afternoon, 4,390 or 14,6 percent were found positive for the disease.
As the National Capital Region significantly contributed by more than half of the daily surge, a 10:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. curfew began last March 17. Surgical lockdowns have been implemented in areas where spikes in COVID-19 incidents took place. Liquor ban has also been enforced as cockfights have been banned. (Melo M. Acuña)