Philippines reports 2,611 new coronavirus infections

MANILA (XINHUA) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 316,678 after the Philippines’ Department of Health (DoH) reported 2,611 new daily cases yesterday.

Yesterday’s new daily cases recorded means that the Philippines’ daily increase in virus infections has been below 3,000 for the fourth consecutive day.

The DoH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 254,617 after 416 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 56 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 5,616.

The Philippines’ capital Metro Manila topped the regions in the country with the highest number of daily confirmed cases yesterday with 1,084.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country’s healthcare system capacity has “improved tremendously” since the start of the outbreak. “We might be in the top 20 among all of the countries in the world with the number of cases, but when we look at our healthcare system capacity, it has improved tremendously,” she told reporters in a virtual press briefing yesterday.

She said the Philippine hospitals managed to expand their capacity to admit more COVID-19 patients, contact tracing efforts have become more “efficient”, and the daily number of new cases has decreased.

“It is not just the numbers, we have to look at the other variables,” Vergeire said, stressing the need to focus on the active cases and not the cumulative number. “But when we look at the number of active cases, our recovery rate, our case fatality rate, and our health system capacity, we can see that we have improved, and we can cope with our response for COVID-19,” she said.

According to the DoH, the Southeast Asian country has 56,445 active cases as of yesterday.