Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) – Despite strict lockdown restrictions that lasted for months and obscured the economy, the Philippines has surpassed other countries in Southeast Asia in terms of coronavirus cases.
With 3,561 new infections reported by the Ministry of Health from 4pm on Thursday, the country’s total cases numbered 119,460, past Indonesia, which has 118,753 COVID-19 cases, according to CNN Indonesia.
The neighboring country has registered about 1,500 to 2,000 new cases in the past week.
At the same time, the new daily cases that DOH has registered across the country have not been lower than 3,000 in the last seven days, with the country breaking its record for a one-day increase in infections five times during that period.
The highest surge was recorded on Tuesday, August 4, when 6,352 patients were added to the nationwide number.
According to the DOH, 2,023 of the new infections are “fresh”
In its case report, it also stated that 2,041 new cases come from Metro Manila, where tougher restrictions have been reintroduced in the middle of an increase in COVID-19 numbers.
Laguna registered 222 new infected residents, while Cebu had 221, Cavite had 100 and Rizal had 81.
Twenty-eight lives have also been lost to the disease, DOH said, as the death toll reached 2,150. This is about half of Indonesia’s bill, which has risen above 5,000.
Of the 28 recently reported deaths, 10 occurred in August, 16 in July and the remaining two in May and June.
Meanwhile, the number of survivors of COVID-19 increased to 66,837, with 569 more people tagged by DOH as they recovered.
The latest figures give the active cases or currently sick patients in the country to 50473. This is also the highest number among 11 Southeast Asian states (including East Timor).
In a media release on Thursday morning, the country’s testing czar Vince Dizon responded briefly to international news reports saying that the Philippines could probably become a “COVID-19 hotspot” in Southeast Asia by calling the statement “speculative.” He also said that the improved testing efforts led to an increase in cases in recent weeks.
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