With 8,719 new infections, COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climb to 979,740
Commuters strictly follow IATF health protocols, including observing proper social distancing, while inside the trains and stations of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 on Sunday. April 11, 2021.
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With 8,719 new infections, COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climb to 979,740

(Philstar.com) - April 23, 2021 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Friday recorded 8,719 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 979,740. 

  • Active cases: 102,799 or 10.5% of the total
  • Recoveries: 13,812, pushing total to 860,412
  • Deaths: 159, bringing total to 16,529

What's new today?

  • The country’s Food and Drug Administration reported that 24 people died out of over one million individuals who got vaccinated against COVID-19, but stressed that most of them had pre-existing illnesses. In a briefing, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said that 19 of the reported deaths are coincidental or unrelated to vaccination. 

  • Hospitals in the Metro Manila and nearby areas have vowed to allocate additional intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients, officials said Thursday.  

  • As they continue to struggle, a senator says hospitals cannot be made to wait any longer for reimbursements from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. 

  • Health Secretary Francisco Duque III received his first shot against COVID-19 as part of an effort to assure the public of the safety of vaccines.  

— Bella Perez-Rubio with a report from Xave Gregorio

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