Philippines logs 20,336 new COVID-19 cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DoH) reported 20,336 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,324,475.

The DoH also reported 310 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the country’s death toll to 36,328. The active cases stand at 188,108.

World Health Organization (WHO) representative in the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the active cases now is twice the number of active cases reported in April when the country battled a surge of infections.

Abeyasinghe said the country’s healthcare system is still coping despite the spike of active cases. “That’s because the health care system has been expanded ever since April,” he told a television interview onThursday night.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said 57 areas with active virus clustering in Metro Manila are now under hard lockdown.

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said “almost all” local government units in the capital region have imposed the 14-day granular lockdowns. Residents in lockdown areas, such as a street or a building, are not allowed to leave houses during the period. However, some businesses to operate at a limited capacity, including restaurants and salons.