COVID-19 cases in Philippines top 173,000 as Metro Manila goes back to GCQ
Health workers work at a swabbing facility in Commonwealth Health Center in Quezon City on August 18, 2020.
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COVID-19 cases in Philippines top 173,000 as Metro Manila goes back to GCQ
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - August 19, 2020 - 4:01pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:28 p.m.) — The Department of Health reported 4,650 coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s caseload to 173,774 as Metro Manila and other urban centers returned to general community quarantine.

Most of the additional cases were from Metro Manila (3,092). It was followed by Cavite (249), Laguna (194), Rizal (189) and Bulacan (136).

The number of active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine stood at 57,498. Of the figure, 91.4% were mild, 6.5% were asymptomatic, 0.9% were severe and 1.2% were critical.

Total recoveries also rose to 113,481 after 716 more people survived the respiratory illness.

However, the death toll climbed to 2,795 with 111 new fatalities. Of the newly-reported deaths, 52 were from Metro Manila, 29 were from Central Visayas and 11 were from Calabarzon. 

The DOH said a total of 1,992,128 people have been tested for coronavirus in the country. 

Wednesday’s figures were based on the total tests conducted by 97 out of 105 laboratories nationwide. The department said it had removed 89 cases from the total case count. 

President Rodrigo Duterte decided to place Metro Manila and its nearby provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna back to a more lenient general community quarantine until end-August to revive the country’s battered economy.

Under a GCQ scenario, more industries will be allowed to reopen, restaurants will be allowed to resume dine-in operations and public transportation will be allowed to return on the road.

Globally, the coronavirus case count reached 22.04 million, with over 778,000 deaths since the health crisis emerged in China late last year.

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LATEST UPDATE: November 23, 2020 - 11:07pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

November 23, 2020 - 11:07pm

The Department of Health warns of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during the upcoming holidays.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the agency will form a contingency plan for this possible surge.

The DOH will emphasize to the public the need to observe minimum health standards during the holiday season to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

November 22, 2020 - 4:07pm

Another mass recovery of 10,957 coronavirus survivors along with 1,968 additional infections were reported by the health department Sunday, bringing the national caseload to 418,818. 

The numbers bring the tally to 386,486 total recoveries, good for a 92% recovery rate in the Philippines. 

In its latest case bulletin issued Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health also recorded 43 more casualties linked to the coronavirus, bringing the pathogen's death toll in the country to 8,123.  — Luna

November 20, 2020 - 10:52am

President Rodrigo Duterte has put Davao City under General Community Quarantine, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

The city will be under GCQ until November 30.

Metro Manila has been under GCQ since June.

November 18, 2020 - 8:48pm

With experts from OCTA Research Team labeling Baguio City as one of the COVID-19 “hotspots” of serious concerns, the Department of Tourism says it fully supports all the efforts of the LGU as it implements measures to ensure health and safety of the local visitors. 

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the DOT recognizes the able leadership of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong. 

"Baguio remains a premier destination especially for our domestic travelers and the Department will exert all efforts to ensure the slow but sure recovery of the industry and help bring livelihood back," Puyat says. — Rosette Adel

November 18, 2020 - 4:38pm

The Philippines' COVID-19 tally soars to 412,097 following the report of 1,383 additional cases on Wednesday.

The total number of recoveries also grows to 374,666 with 143 new recoveries while the national death toll now stands at 7,957 with 95 new fatalities recorded.

With these latest figures, total active cases in the country now amount to 29,474.

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