Coronavirus infections in Philippines rise to 13,597
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Coronavirus infections in Philippines rise to 13,597
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - May 22, 2020 - 4:06pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 4:56 p.m.) — The coronavirus disease has sickened 13,597 people in the Philippines as concerns grow on the potential surge in infections following the easing of quarantine measures.

After reporting new daily cases of over 200 for more than a week, the Department of Health on Friday afternoon confirmed 163 additional COVID-19 cases. 

Majority of the additional infections were recorded in outbreak epicenter Metro Manila with 91 cases. Some 34% of the new cases were from Central Visayas, while 10% were reported elsewhere in the country. 

The number of people who have recovered from the respiratory disease reached 3,092 with the addition of 92 more patients who have survived COVID-19. 

But 11 more people died from the illness. This pushed the nation’s death toll to 857. 

The DOH also reported that 2,236 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19. Of the number, 1,086 medical frontliners have recovered, while 31 have died. 

Currently, there are 31 testing laboratories nationwide. Latest data from the government showed that 247,239 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the country. 

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified Thursday that the country is still dealing with the “first major wave of a sustained community transmission.” He made the pronouncement a day after he drew flak for saying the country is now experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, which was contradicted by Malacañang and other medical experts. 

Some 333,032 people have died out of more than 5.1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide.

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With 100,477 fatalities and 3,012,412 confirmed cases, the South American nation of 212 million people is the second hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, after the United States.

The health ministry reported 905 new deaths in the past 24 hours, as well as 49,970 fresh cases. 

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August 9, 2020 - 9:33am

Two new confirmed imported cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan had recently come from the Philippines, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control says in an August 8 announcement.

The two, identified as Cases 478 and 479, are a couple and are both 60 years old. They had been in the Philippines since earlier this year.

"The male case developed a fever, a runny nose, and fatigue on July 23. The female case experienced an itchy throat and cough on August 3. Their symptoms were relieved after taking medications, but they didn't seek medical attention in the Philippines," Taiwan CDC says.

They returned to Taiwan on August 6 and reported their symptoms to quarantine oficers when they arrived at the airport. They were brought to a quarantine facility and lab tests confirmed on August 8 that they had COVID-19.

August 8, 2020 - 4:47pm

The Department of Health reports 4,226 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019, bringing the national tally to 126,885.

There are 287 additional survivors and 41 new deaths.

August 7, 2020 - 5:08pm

Reports say that former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim has been confined at an undisclosed hospital reportedly due to the coronavirus disease.

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