Philippines records highest daily spike of 9,838 COVID-19 cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday 9,838 new COVID-19 infections, the highest ever daily tally since the outbreak began in January last year.

Yesterday’s record daily increase pushed the nationwide count in the Southeast Asian country to 702,856, including 13,149 deaths after 54 more patients died from the viral disease yesterday, the DOH daily bulletin showed.

A restaurant worker cleans a table at an empty restaurant in Manila on March 23, 2021, after authorities implemented stricter social distancing protocols banning indoor dining due to an increase of new COVID-19 infections in metro Manila. AFP

The country has seen an increase in infections among frontline health workers in recent weeks, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said yesterday. “Our health care workers are being infected again after a drop in infections from November last year to February this year,” Vergeire said AT an online briefing, adding that more healthcare workers contracted the virus from March 1 when overall confirmed cases spiked.

The DOH data showed that 82 healthcare workers have succumbed to the disease as of March 25. At least 15,662 medical workers, primarily nurses, and physicians, have contracted the virus.