PH infections near 400K mark


    MORE than 1,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday as the number of infections in the country inched closer to the 400,000 mark.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said that of the 1,347 new cases, 92 were from Cavite, 77 from Manila, 58 from Quezon City, 55 from Baguio City, and 52 from Laguna.

    In all, there are now 399,749 infections in the country.

    Fourteen more patients have succumbed to the deadly virus, raising the number of fatalities to 7,661 for a 1.92 percent fatality rate.

    There were 187 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 361,919.

    The DOH said this means that 90.5 percent of COVID patients have recovered.

    Nationwide, the DOH said it has observed a 25 percent decrease in the number of cases in the past two weeks as compared to four weeks ago.

    Despite this, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to the public to continue adhering to minimum health standards.

    “Let us not be complacent. Let us not let our guards down,” Duque said. “We must remain disciplined and compliant to our minimum health standards or non-pharmaceutical public health interventions.”

    He said this is to prevent another surge in COVID-19 cases.

    “Like Europe, which is seeing a so called second wave, our cases can still go up if we are not careful. Hopefully, we won’t be like those countries,” said Duque.

    Twenty-seven more overseas Filipinos have been infected with the virus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    This brought to 11,501 the number of overseas Filipinos who have contracted the virus, with 7,456 having recovered.

    The DFA also reported 45 new recoveries and no new fatality.

    Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) directly affected by the virus have received additional benefits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

    According to DOLE-International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas, infected OFWs have been given $200 each.

    She said that some 3,000 OFWs found positive of COVID-19 in areas with Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) have been given the cash assistance.

    “We have provided cash aid amounting to a total of US$620,000 to some 3,100 OFWs infected of COVID-19,” Visperas said, adding the cash assistance is on top of the $200 or P10,000 given to OFWs displaced by the pandemic. – Ashzel Hachero