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 (Philstar.com) - 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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October 31, 2020 - 4:03pm

The Department of Health reports 1,803 new cases of the coronavirus disease. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 380,729.

Total active cases are 42,462. There are 606 new recoveries and 36 new deaths.

October 31, 2020 - 10:28am

The US hit a record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, topping 94,000 infections in 24 hours, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The country, which has seen a resurgence of its Covid-19 outbreak since mid-October, recorded 94,125 new cases in the 24 hours up to 8:30 pm Friday (0030 GMT Saturday), according to a real-time count by the Baltimore-based school. 

That broke the record of more than 91,000 cases set just one day earlier. — AFP

October 30, 2020 - 6:41pm

The Department of Health says they do not recommend the use of necklace air purifiers for protection against coronavirus infections.

"The DOH clarifies that it is NOT ENDORSING the use of necklace air purifiers that claim to kill bacteria or viruses, or protect from COVID-19," the health department says in a statement.

"While these devices do not pose any harm, the DOH currently does not recommend using these devices due to lack of evidence of efficacy," it adds.

 

October 30, 2020 - 4:25pm

The Department of Health reports 2,006 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 378,933.

There are 41,291 active COVID-19 cases. The DOH announces 38 new deaths and 636 additional recoveries.

October 29, 2020 - 9:18pm

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,175,992 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 GMT on Thursday. 

At least 44,561,260 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 29,949,000 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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