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Phl Covid cases surpass 103,000

MJ Blancaflor

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The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to 103,185 after the Department of Health (DOH) tallied a record-high 5,032 new infections on Sunday.

The country ranked 25th among all countries worldwide with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, next to Canada, Qatar, and Indonesia, based on the running tally of John Hopkins University.

In its latest bulletin, the DOH said 2,737 of the new cases were from Metro Manila, 463 from Cavite, 449 from Cebu, 326 from Laguna, and 201 from Rizal.

The number of recoveries also jumped to 65,557 after the country saw 301 new survivors, while the death toll rose to 2,059 as 20 more patients died.

Latest DOH figures also showed the Philippines had 35,569 active cases, of which 90 percent exhibited mild symptoms, 8.2 percent were asymptomatic, 1 percent were in severe condition and 0.7 percent were critical.

Researchers from the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas projected that the country will record 150,000 coronavirus cases with 3,000 deaths by the end of August.

The researchers said the projection was based on current data from the health department that showed the Philippines maintained a reproduction number of around 1.4. The reproduction number reflects how many people one confirmed case may infect.

The surge of coronavirus infections and an “overwhelmed” health care system pushed medical groups to call for a return to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)—the strictest lockdown in the four-tier quarantine classification—to buy time to fine-tune anti-COVID strategies.

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with key Cabinet officials Sunday to discuss the concerns raised by the medical community, who claimed that they are fighting a “losing battle.”

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