Active COVID-19 cases hit 152,562 after Philippines logs 9,737 new infections 

Active COVID-19 cases hit 152,562 after Philippines logs 9,737 new infections 
A patient of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City passes in front of the hospital lobby turned into an emergency room on April 6, 2021.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — (Updated 4:54 p.m.) The Philippines on Tuesday recorded 9,737 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 812,760.

  • Active cases: 152,562 or 18.8% of the total
  • Recoveries: 313, pushing total to 646,381
  • Deaths: 382, bringing total to 13,817

What's new today? 

  • New deaths reported Tuesday mark the highest single-day rise since the onset of the pandemic but health authorites noted that 341 of the total 382 fatalties occured before April 2021 and were unreported due to technical failures. 

  • While the temporary return to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) may have slowed the rate of increase in COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila—it is too soon to say—the tighter restrictions are not enough to stop the country's total caseload from breaching the one-million mark this month, the OCTA Research group said Friday.

  • Despite this, Malacañang has ruled out extending ECQ, saying the government no longer has funds to help people affected by movement restrictions. 

  • But Senate Minority Leader Fraklin Drilon said it would be wrong to deny people further aid amid the lockdown, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to call for a special session of Congress to pass another economic stimulus package, or Bayanihan 3, and expand the government’s cash subsidy program. 

  • To decongest 30-40% of COVID-19 beds in National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area hospitals, the Department of Health is eyeing the transfer of mild or asymptomatic patients from hospitals to isolation facilities. 

  • The Department of the Interior and Local Government for the second time this month disowned the comments of one of its ranking undersecretaries after the latter claimed that the Philippines did better than other countries against the coronavirus pandemic — a common talking point other officials lean on when brushing off feedback.

— Bella Perez-Rubio with a report from Xave Gregorio 

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