DOH Logs 10,623 New Covid-19 Cases, Highest Daily Rise in Over 3 Months

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, August 6, 2021, reported 10,623 more Covid-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,638,345.

This is the highest single-day rise seen since April 16 when the Philippines recorded 10,726 new coronavirus cases. New deaths reported today are also the highest since April 9 when authorities reported 401 fatalities.

Recoveries: 3,127, pushing total to 1,535,375

Deaths: 247, bringing total to 28,673

Philippines logs highest coronavirus cases in 3 months.
Source: Rafael E. Seguis, who works at Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, shared the DOH graphic; Philstar.com.)

Enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila

The National Capital Region (NCR) entered the most stringent form of community quarantine today and will stay under it until August 20 in a bid to contain the threat of the Delta variant of Covie-19 which is driving a surge in neighboring countries.

The same highly transmissible variant has now been detected in every city of the NCR, the DOH said.

Another 119 cases of the Delta variant which originated from India announced by the DOH today bring the country’s total to 450.

DOH also said 37 areas in the country, including eight in Metro Manila, have been placed under Alert Level 4 which means that their risk classification is moderate to critical and that the bed utilization rate in hospitals is more than 70%.

Earlier Friday, the government’s pandemic task force released a comprehensive list of persons allowed to travel within, to, and from areas under ECQ also known as authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Ahead of the lockdown, the government managed to vaccinate a total of 9.81% of the country’s total population. Officials earlier said they hope to ramp up vaccination in Metro Manila within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, the DOH placed 37 areas in the Philippines — including eight cities in Metro Manila — under heightened alert due to high number of coronavirus infections and hospital occupancy rates.

An area is under Alert Level 4 if its risk classification is moderate to critical and it has a healthcare utilization higher than 70%, regardless of the presence of the more transmissible Delta variant, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing. (✓)

Here’s the tally on August 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, August 5, 2021, reported 8,127 more coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total count to 1,627,816.

Meanwhile, health authorities on the same day reported 116 new cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19, but maintained there is still no community transmission in the country.

Today’s numbers saw active cases up by 3,724 from August 4’s 63,171. DOH said three laboratories did not turn in screening results.

Active cases: 66,895 or 4.1% of the total
Recoveries: 4,343, bringing the number to 1,532,494

Deaths: 196, or now 28,427 in total

Ramping up vaccinations

The Philippines reported 116 new cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant to push the total to 331. Most of the newly detected infections had indicated address in Metro Manila.

DOH told local governments to strictly follow pre-registration and scheduling for Covid-19 vaccinations during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period. Earlier today, residents in some Metro Manila cities scrambled to get their jabs.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) took back its order that would prohibit fetching and driving of essential workers by persons not allowed outside their homes during ECQ in Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, inflation in the country slowed down to 4% in July, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This was the lowest in the last seven months.

Malacañang touted an “important milestone” in the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program as it said there are now 10 million Filipinos complete with their two shots. That is out of its target of 70 million this year to achieve herd immunity. (✓)

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