COVID-19 cases in Philippines rise to over 290,000 as death toll nears 5,000
In this photo taken on September 8, 2020, passengers wearing face shields sit next to plastic dividers, as part of health protocols imposed by authorities on passenger jeepneys against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Manila.
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COVID-19 cases in Philippines rise to over 290,000 as death toll nears 5,000

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - September 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The total number of coronavirus infections climbed past 290,000 as the country's death toll approached the 5,000-mark, the Department of Health reported Monday. 

The DOH logged 3,475 additional COVID-19 infections, pushing the nation's caseload to 290,190. Seventy-six percent of the newly-reported cases occurred in the last 14 days. 

Outbreak epicenter Metro Manila was still the source of the majority of the recent cases, making up 44% or 1,543 of the additional infections. Batangas (194) followed the capital region, then Rizal (192), Cavite (166) and Cebu (165).

COVID-19 cases are still increasing by several thousand daily, even after strict restrictions were implemented to stem the spread of the virus.

The DOH also registered 15 new deaths related to COVID-19, taking the country’s fatality count to 4,999.

Of the newly reported deaths, eight died in September, six in August and one in April. 

The country has the second highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in Southeast Asia behind neighboring Indonesia with 9,553 deaths as of Sunday.

The total number of recoveries, meanwhile, rose to 230,233  after 400 more people got better from the respiratory disease. The day before, 20,021 recoveries were reported as the DOH implemented its weekly “mass recovery” scheme.

Of the total confirmed cases, 54,958 were considered active or those still undergoing treatment or quarantine.

The DOH noted that 28 duplicates were removed from the total case count. There were also 13 cases previously reported as recovered classified as 12 deaths and one active case. 

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected 30.91 million individuals, with 959,059 deaths since it emerged in China late last year.

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February 27, 2021 - 4:25pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 2,921 COVID-19 infections, the highest this year. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 574,247.

February 27, 2021 - 9:41am

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine.

February 26, 2021 - 4:04pm

The Philippines records the highest rise in daily cases since October with 2,651 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the national tally to 571,327.

The country's death toll is at 12,247 with 46 more fatalities while the total of survivors is at 524,582 with 561 additional recoveries.

Active cases in the country are at 34,498.

February 23, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health registers 1,414 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 564,865.

Of these, 29,817 are active cases. 

The DOH also registers 16 new deaths and 72 additional survivors, bringing the death toll to 12,107 and the total of survivors to 522,941.

February 22, 2021 - 7:02pm

There will be no nationwide shift to the more lenient Modified General Community Quarantine until the national vaccination program against COVID-19, News5 reports, citing a senator close to the president.

The Palace has yet to issue an official statement.

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