Philippines logs 1,301 new COVID-19 cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DoH) of the Philippines yesterday reported 1,301 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 448,331.

The DoH said 111 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 409,433. The death toll climbed to 8,730 after 35 more patients died from the viral disease, the DoH added.

The DoH said Metro Manila tops the regions with active and new coronavirus cases, followed by the provinces south and north of the capital on the main island of Luzon.

The DoH said it had tested over 5.79 million people so far.

The Philippines has a population of about 110 million.

The OCTA Research team composed of experts from the universities has noted an increase in infection in Metro Manila in the first part of this month.

From 0.90 on December 1, the team said Metro Manila’s reproduction number hit 0.94 on December 5, then climbed to 0.96 on December 10. The reproduction number was 0.88
in November.

“We think this will pass one by next week,” University of the Philippines Professor and a member of the team Guido David added.