Philippines sees 4,002 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 147,526
A government employee wears a face shield during free face mask distribution in Antipolo, Rizal last August 12, 2020.
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Philippines sees 4,002 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 147,526
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - August 13, 2020 - 4:05pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:28 p.m.) — The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 147,526 Thursday after 4,002 new infections were added to the country’s caseload.

The regions with the highest number of newly reported cases include Metro Manila with 2,445, Laguna with 319, Cebu with 212, Rizal with 142 and Cavite with 101. 

Currently, there are 74,713 active cases or patients who are still infected with COVID-19. It is higher than the total recoveries which increased by 1,403 to 70,387.

Of the active cases, 91.2% were mild, 7.3% were asymptomatic, while 0.6% were severe and 0.9% were critical. 

The department also reported 23 additional deaths related to COVID-19. This brought the total number of fatalities to 2,426.

Thursday’s case bulletin was based on the submission of 93 out of the 100 licensed laboratories. Some 225 cases were removed from the total case count. 

According to DOH, some 1.747 million people have been tested for coronavirus. 

Residents of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna have been under modified enhanced community quarantine since last week to slow the spread of the virus. But Malacañang said the extension of MECQ is “highly unlikely” as the government struggles to provide assistance for the poor. 

The country is targeting to conduct Phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed in Russia by October. Phase 3 clinical evaluation, which usually involves thousands of participants, is an essential testing phase before receiving regulatory approval. 

Sputnik V may be registered with the Food and Drug Administration in April 2021 if the trials are successful. Experts expressed concern about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. 

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 745,000 since the outbreak emerged in China late last year. Over 20.47 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered. 

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The Golden Week holiday marks the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and sees an astonishing annual movement of people trying to get home or take holidays. — AFP

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The Health department reports 2,415 additional cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 314,079.

59 succumbed to the deadly virus while 771 have recovered,

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The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,012,093 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

At least 33,719,740 cases have been registered. Of these, at least 23,249,700 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

September 30, 2020 - 5:08pm

The COVID-19 infections in the Philippines hit the 311,000-mark after the Department of Health reports 2,426 additional cases.

There are 58 new deaths and 585 new recoveries.

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But debate on the measure was put off as the government struggled to secure the necessary votes amid an opposition outcry and a protest outside parliament on Tuesday. — AFP

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