Philippines reports 2,093 new COVID-19 infections

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines reported 2,093 new daily COVID-19 infections yesterday, pushing the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases in the country to 326,833.

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DoH) said that the number of recoveries also rose to 273,313 after 209 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 25 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 5,865.

The Philippines’ capital Metro Manila topped the regions in the country with the highest number of daily confirmed cases yesterday with 557.

The DoH said over 3.71 million people in the Philippines, which has a population of about 109 million, have been tested so far. World Health Organization (WHO) country representative in the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the country is seeing “a gradual decline in transmission”.

“The Philippines has been very proactive in the enforcement of non-pharmaceutical interventions and in ensuring the mobility restrictions,” he said in a virtual media briefing.

However, in the absence of a vaccine, he stressed the need “to implement a comprehensive response that includes solidarity across regions, across cities, across countries”.

“We need to ensure that besides the non-pharmaceutical interventions we need to have in place mechanisms for early diagnosis, contact tracing, and management of positive by early isolation and quarantining of close contacts,” he said.

Health workers in protective suits arrange residents during a free COVID-19 swab test in a low income area in Manila, the Philippines. PHOTO: AP