Philippines logs over 8,000 coronavirus infections for 2nd day in a row

Philippines logs over 8,000 coronavirus infections for 2nd day in a row
Members of the Manila Police District assist individuals waiting in line for their second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Saturday reported 8,147 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,588,965.

The Department of Health said two laboratories failed to submit testing results on time. 

  • Active cases: 60,887 or 3.8% of the total

  • Recoveries: 9,117, pushing total to 1,500,189

  • Deaths: 167, bringing total to 27,889

Metro Manila: Six days from lockdown 

  • As Metro Manila prepares to go under a two-week lockdown starting August 6 to prevent a catastrophic surge driven by the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19, here's a refresher of guidelines for areas under enhanced community quarantine

  • The lockdown will buy time for vaccination, a presidential adviser said yesterday after Malacañang confirmed that the rollout of badly needed COVID-19 jabs would continue under ECQ. 

  • The government also announced Friday the extension of its ban on travelers from 10 countries until August 15 which is intended to keep out variants of coronavirus. 

  • Pandemic restrictions will be implemented on the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, DOH clarified Friday after a call from President Rodrigo Dutert to keep those who are unvaccinated from leaving home raised concerns of potential discrimination.

— Bella Perez-Rubio 

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