Coronaviru­s in­fec­tions in Phl climb past 299,000

The Freeman - - Nation -

MANILA — The coun­try now has more than 299,000 con­firmed coronaviru­s cases as the Depart­ment of Health re­ported 2,630 ad­di­tional in­fec­tions Fri­day.

The ad­di­tional cases were mostly from Metro Manila (1,091). It was fol­lowed by Cavite (196), La­guna (171), Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal (142) and Rizal (141).

This brought the na­tion’s caseload to 299,361, of which 61,766 were con­sid­ered ac­tive cases.

Re­searchers study­ing the coronaviru­s out­break in the Philip­pines ear­lier pro­jected that the Philip­pines would have 310,000 to 330,000 to­tal COVID-19 cases by the end of the month.

The num­ber of COVID-19 sur­vivors in­creased by 494 to 232,399. To­tal re­cov­er­ies ac­counted for nearly 78% of the coun­try’s to­tal case count.

But 69 more fa­tal­i­ties were re­ported, push­ing the death toll to 5,196. Of the newly-re­ported deaths, 43 oc­curred this month.

The govern­ment’s in­ter-agency task force on coronaviru­s re­sponse is now re­quir­ing all mild and asymp­to­matic COVID-19 pa­tients in the coun­try to iso­late in govern­ment fa­cil­i­ties, ex­cept if they are con­sid­ered vul­ner­a­ble or have co­mor­bidi­ties.

An­other ex­emp­tion to the rule would be when gov­ern­men­t­op­er­ated fa­cil­i­ties are fully oc­cu­pied.

The In­ter-Agency Task Force on Emerg­ing In­fec­tious Dis­eases also placed Iloilo City un­der a mod­i­fied en­hanced com­mu­nity be­gin­ning Septem­ber 25 un­til Oc­to­ber.

More than 3.33 mil­lion peo­ple have been so far tested for coronaviru­s in the coun­try.

Coronaviru­s in­fec­tions soared past 32.136 mil­lion glob­ally with at least 981,754 deaths. —

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