Philippines logs 2,886 new COVID-19 cases, total tops 603,000

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday 2,886 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the Southeast Asian country’s total tally to 603,308.

The death toll climbed to 12,545 after 17 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic, the DOH said. It added that 221 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 546,293. Treatment czar of the National Task Force against COVID-19 Leopoldo Vega alerted people of the “uptrend” in COVID-19 infections in densely populated Metro Manila and other regions in recent days, saying that it might put a strain on hospitals if the transmission continues.

Vega said the transmission that Metro Manila and other regions are experiencing now “is almost a repeat of what happened” in July-August last year. Local government units are doubling efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in their localities.

Metro Manila mayors are mulling implementing a unified curfew in the capital region again.

Several streets and communities in Metro Manila are currently under strict coronavirus lockdown due to clusters of infections. Metro Manila, home to about 13 million people, remains the epicentre of the outbreak in the country.