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Philippines posts record number of nearly 4,000 new Covid-19 cases

30 July 2020

By The SUN

A total of 3,954 new cases were recorded today, taking the country's total tally past China's official record (CNN Phl graphic)

The Philippines has reported its biggest number of single-day coronavirus cases, with 3,954 new infections recorded today, Jul 30.

The new cases brought the country’s overall tally to 89,374, with 1,983 deaths.

The surge in cases came hours before President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce  the new quarantine status for virus hotspots Metro Manila and Cebu City, as well as for other areas across the country.
The Philippines now has more Covid-19 cases than the 84,165 cases reported by China, where the first novel coronavirus outbreak was detected. The Philippines’ 108 million population is barely 1% of China’s population of 1.34 billion.

The Department of Health has attributed the surge in cases to its enhanced testing capability and data reconciliation effort.

Its latest published data show that a total of 1.36 million individuals, or about 1.2% of the population, has so far been tested. These tests yielded a total of 126,484 positive cases, for a positivity rate of 9.3%.
Separate data from DoH show that the total positive cases in the country is now 126,484 

However, DoH has always maintained that this other figure of positive infections have yet to be validated because of duplications.

Also according to DoH, a record 38,075 patients were discharged from hospitals today, for a total recovery figure of 65,064.

With this, the total number of active cases, or those still ill from the coronavirus disease, is now at 22,327.

The DoH said that patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and whose onset of illness or specimen collection was more than 14 days ago, shall be tagged as recovered.

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This is reportedly the protocol followed by the United States’ and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as by India.

“Current recovery policies now show that at the 10th day of the illness, the risk of transmitting the virus to other people is significantly reduced,” the department said in a statement.
This deviates from the practice in Hong Kong, however, where a patient is listed as recovered after testing negative for the virus after repeated tests.

Positive cases, whether asymptomatic or not, are immediately taken in for isolation and treated until they return a negative test result.

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This is because local studies have shown that some asymptomatic patients have a high viral load, meaning they are highly contagious, even if they have never shown signs of being sick themselves.

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