Philippines logs 2,076 new COVID cases, total nears 430,000

Manila: The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Sunday reported 2,076 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the country to 429,864.

Sunday’s tally of daily coronavirus cases broke 19 straight days of reporting less than 2,000 daily increase in new cases.

The DOH said 10,579 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 398,624. The death toll climbed to 8,373 after 40 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

The DOH said it had tested 5.36 million people in the Philippines so far. The Philippines has a population of about 110 million.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will announce on Monday whether to retain or ease the lockdown restrictions in the capital Manila and other regions in the country.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano told radio DZBB in an interview that the coronavirus task force will meet Duterte on Monday to brief him on the COVID-19 situation. Duterte will make a statement after the meeting, he added.

Earlier this month, Duterte placed Metro Manila and six other areas under general community quarantine restrictions from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 to contain the spread of the virus.

Ano said that the task force will likely endorse the recommendation of Metro Manila mayors to retain the strict measures during the holiday season.

“There are concerns about the possibility of a surge of infections if the quarantine measures are relaxed. People will party and do traditional activities like caroling,” Ano said.