COVID-19 caseload in Philippines climbs to 314,079
In this photo taken on Spetember 26, 2020, a man parks his ride during a launch ceremony encouraging people to take bicycles to their workplaces, at a mall in Manila.
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COVID-19 caseload in Philippines climbs to 314,079
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - October 1, 2020 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 314,079 after 2,415 new infections were recorded, the Department of Health said Thursday.

Eighty-three percent of the newly-reported cases contracted COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

The bulk of the additional cases were still recorded in Metro Manila (930), followed by Cavite (238), Rizal (128), Laguna (123) and Negros Occidental (103).

There were also 771 new recoveries and 59 additional deaths, bringing the totals to 254,223 and 5,562, respectively.

The DOH said there are 54,294 active cases or those who are still undergoing treatment and quarantine. Of the figure, 86.6% are mild cases, 9% are asymptomatic, 1.4% are severe cases and 3.1% are critical cases.

More than 3.52 million people have been tested for the new coronavirus.

Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City will be under general community quarantine until the end of October. Only Lanao del Sur, including Marawi City, will be under a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will be under modified GCQ, the most relaxed form of community quarantine.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 33.86 million individuals, with over 1.01 million deaths.

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LATEST UPDATE: October 20, 2020 - 4:05pm

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)

October 20, 2020 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health reports 1,640 additional COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, pushing the national tally to 360,775.

The DOH also records 369 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 310,642. The country's death toll is now at 6,690 with 17 new deaths reported.

October 20, 2020 - 12:57pm

The cities of Pasay and Taguig announce that they have formally issued measures cutting curfew hours to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

October 19, 2020 - 9:14pm

Christmas parties will not be allowed this year as the Philippines continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

"Bawal po ang Christmas party, 'di po papayagan ang Christmas party hanggang ganito ang ating sitwasyon," Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

October 19, 2020 - 5:39pm

The Zamboanga City government is considering reverting its Sunday lockdown here and increasing the number of curfew hours as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to surge.

The Department of Health-9 (DOH) reported the city remained as the COVID-19 epicenter in the Zamboanga peninsula region, as its active cases are nearing the 1,000 mark among the cities and provinces.

The DOH-9 reported Zamboanga City has already recorded a total of 2,430 cases of which 916 are active cases, with 1,408 recoveries and 104 total number of deaths as of October 18 data from the Regional Surveillance Unit. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

October 18, 2020 - 4:25pm

Ilocos Sur will be open to Luzon residents starting November 15 following the growing interest from tourists from the National Capital Region.

The Department of Tourism welcomed the announcement Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson to open the province to tourists, as this would also give back jobs to the tourism workforce.

Among the famous tourist destinations in the province are the Vigan Heritage Village and Calle Crisologo, Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain, Bantay Bell Tower, Santa Maria Church and Plaza Burgos.

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