5,735 new coronavirus infections push Philippines caseload to 1.57M

5,735 new coronavirus infections push Philippines caseload to 1.57M
Marikina residents are seen inside the public market of the city on July 28, 2021. The Department of Health reports an increase in new COVID-19 infections following the detection of the local transmission of its Delta variant.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Thursday reported 5,735 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,572,287.

The Department of Health in its bulletin said one laboratory failed to submit testing results. 

  • Active cases: 56,273 or 3.6% of the total

  • Recoveries: 4,069, pushing total to 1,488,437

  • Deaths: 176, bringing total to 27,577

GCQ stays despite calls for pre-emptive lockdown in Metro Manila

  • President Rodrigo Duterte last night announced that Metro Manila would remain under general community quarantine with heightened curbs until mid-August amid the threat of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

  • This, despite calls from the OCTA Research Group and Metro Manila mayors for a pre-emptive two-week lockdown to prevent the devastating surge in cases driven by the Delta variant seen in neighboring countries. 

  • Another 97 cases of the highly infectious variant were detected by local health authorities today, bringing the country's caseload to 216. 

  • Earlier this morning, the Philippines received another 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech. 

  • The United Kingdom will donate 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines, boosting the country’s vaccination efforts as it races against coronavirus variants.

 — Bella Perez-Rubio 

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