- Philippines records third daily case record this month
- Infections set to increase further – responsible for health
- Dinner at a restaurant, religious gatherings banned in the capital
MANILA, Aug.28 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended coronavirus restrictions in the capital region and some provinces, his spokesman said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian nation had a new record of daily COVID-19 infections.
The Philippines, which is among the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, is battling a further rise in COVID-19 cases driven by community transmission of the more infectious delta variant.
“We expect the number of cases to continue to increase in the coming days,” Under Secretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire told a press conference.
The health ministry registered 19,441 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, hitting a record for the third time in the past nine days. The total number of confirmed cases rose to more than 1.93 million, while deaths reached 33,008, after 167 more deaths were recorded.
Active cases, at 142,679, were at a four-month record high, overwhelming hospitals and healthcare workers in coronavirus hotspots, according to data from the Department of Health.
“Improving vaccine coverage, shortening the time from detection to isolation, and making people meet community health standards would really help us stop transmission in communities,” Vergeire said.
The government extended the second-highest level of quarantine restrictions in the capital region on Saturday until September 7. Although some businesses can operate up to 50% of their capacity on-site, restaurants, personal care services and religious activities are still prohibited in the capital region, presidential spokesman Harry said. Roque, in a press release.
The capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, is the country’s coronavirus epicenter, accounting for a third of the 1.91 million confirmed infections and a quarter of the 32,841 total deaths .
Nine provinces and six cities facing an increase in the number of cases and high healthcare utilization have also been placed under the second most stringent coronavirus restrictions.
The government is basing its hopes for an economic recovery on its vaccination program, which began in March.
The Philippines has so far obtained a total of 194.89 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to inoculate an estimated 100.5 million Filipinos or more than 100% of the country’s adult population, the ministry said. Finances.
Nearly 49 million doses have been delivered, while another 42 million will arrive in a month, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said, adding that the government could vaccinate everyone by January.
Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales. Editing by Gerry Doyle
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