COVID-19 cases hit 18,638 as Philippines eases virus lockdown
Commuters at the LRT2 Cubao station in Quezon City wear protective gear and are reminded to practice distancing measures on the start of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila on June 1.
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COVID-19 cases hit 18,638 as Philippines eases virus lockdown
Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 1, 2020 - 5:08pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines said its caseload of novel coronavirus infections reached 18,638 Monday as Metro Manila and other areas at high-risk of virus transmission shifted to a more relaxed community quarantine that allowed more businesses to reopen and workers to return to their jobs.

The Department of Health reported 552 new cases. Of the additional cases, 119 were classified “fresh” or test results that were released to patients in the last three days, while 433 were “late” cases from the agency’s testing backlog.

The total number of patients who have survived COVID-19 increased to 3,979 with the recovery of 70 more patients.

But fatalities related to COVID-19 also rose to 960 after three fatalities were added to the toll.

Metro Manila—home to more than 12 million people and the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak—transitioned to the more relaxed general community quarantine Monday. After nearly three months, workers in the capital region returned to their jobs that were shut by virus lockdown and dealt with limited public transit.

In easing one of the world's longest lockdowns, the DOH said the slower case and mortality doubling time and the critical care utilization rate guided the decision of the government. 

The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected at least 6.1 million people and killed over 367,000 since it first emerged in China in December last year.

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October 28, 2020 - 9:33pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,168,750 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

More than 44,056,470 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 29,694,100 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. — AFP

October 28, 2020 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health registers 2,053 new COVID-19 infections. This brings the total number of cases in the Philippines to 375,180.

To date, there are 38,995 active cases. The DOH also reports 61 new deaths and 540 new recoveries.

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October 27, 2020 - 4:24pm

The Department of Health reports 1,524 new infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 373,144.

Of the total confirmed, 37,489 or 10% were active COVID-19 cases. There are 353 new recoveries and 14 additional deaths.

October 26, 2020 - 10:23pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,155,301 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Monday.

At least 43,080,500 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 29,194,100 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. — AFP

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