Philippines records 12,576 new COVID-19 cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday 12,576 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 784,043.

The active cases ballooned to 165,715 while the death toll climbed to 13,423 after 103 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The Philippines, with a population of 110 million, has tested over 9.5 million people so far. The daily tally breached 15,000 cases on Friday, a new high since the outbreak in January 2020.

The government is rushing the building of modular hospital tents in Metro Manila, the epicentre of the outbreak, to keep up with the rising number of patients, the DOH said.

“To augment hospital capacities following the increased occupancy rates in Metro Manila hospitals, (the government is) fast-tracking the delivery and set up of modular tents across Metro Manila,” the DOH said in a statement yesterday.

The DOH is also intensifying efforts to augment the number of frontline healthcare workers in select Metro Manila hospitals by deploying volunteers from regions with low COVID-19 cases within the week.