Philippines’ COVID-19 cases top 331,000, death toll hits 6,000

MANILA (XINHUA) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose to 331,869 after the Philippines’ Department of Health (DoH) reported 2,363 new daily infections yesterday.

The DoH said the number of recoveries also rose to 274,318 after 697 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 144 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 6,069.

The Philippines’ capital Metro Manila topped the regions in the country with the highest number of 858 daily cases yesterday.

The DoH said over 3.76 million people have been tested so far in the country with a population of about 109 million.

A team of experts from the University of the Philippines said the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines was on a downward trend compared to the almost 4,000 new cases per day during the last week of August

Health workers prepare their protective gear before administering free COVID-19 swab tests in a low income area of Manila, the Philippines. PHOTO: AP

“The number of cases in the Philippines has been decreasing, and currently at less around 2,500 new cases per day (based on case reports),” the research team said in a report dated on Tuesday.

The report said the findings were based on the daily reports of COVID-19 cases in the country from August 25 to October 5.

Meanwhile, a national survey released by Pulse Asia Inc yesterday said 92 per cent of Filipinos believe that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “has done well in terms of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 in the country”.

Pulse Asia Inc conducted the national survey on 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above from September 14 to 20.

“Approval is the prevailing opinion among Filipinos toward the efforts of the national administration and Duterte to deal with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” the report read.

The survey also showed that “84 per cent have a positive opinion about the work done by the Duterte administration to control the spread of COVID-19 and assist those who lost their livelihood or job due to the pandemic”.