Philippines’ COVID-19 cases rise to 12,513; recoveries now 2,635

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases rise to 12,513; recoveries now 2,635

The Department of Health (DOH) announced 208 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Sunday, bringing total infections nationwide to 12,513 on the first weekend of eased quarantine restrictions in most areas across the country.

The DOH also reported 74 new recoveries, raising the total to 2,635, while the death toll climbed to 824 after seven more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.

Among the new cases, 174 or 83 percent were from Metro Manila, 33 or 16 percent were from various areas of the country, while 1 was from Region VII.

The government’s COVID-19 task force earlier expressed alarm over the heavy traffic and lack of social distancing in several public places after quarantine measures were loosened.

The World Health Organization previously warned that lifting lockdowns too early may lead to a “deadly resurgence” in infections.  DVM, GMA News

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