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Phl Covid-19 tally breaches 17k mark as 590 more cases reported

31 May 2020

By The SUN

OFWs under quarantine in a government facility in Metro Manila (GMA News photo)

The Philippines has reported 590 more Covid-19 cases on May 30, just two days before the lockdown in Metro Manila and other key places is set to be relaxed.

The total tally now stands at 17,224.

The death toll rose to 950 after eight new fatalities were reported, while the total recoveries rose to 3,808 with 88 new ones.
The day’s count was divided into 252 “fresh” cases, meaning those based on test results released to patients within three days, and 338 “late” cases, where the reporting was made after the cut-off time.

The daily figure, which was released without explanation more than four hours late, was first split into the two categories after a record spike of 539 cases was recorded on Thursday, and a much higher figure of 1,046 on Friday.


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Critics, including Senator Francis Escudero, have called out the Department of Health on the maneuver, accusing it of fudging the figures to make it look like the rate of infection has slowed down when it is fact accelerating.
 
Health USec Ma Rosario Vergeire says the new categories are meant to ease concerns over the spike in cases

There are 11,972 active cases, or about 64% of the total. Of these, 714 or 6 percent are asymptomatic, 11,184 or 93.4 percent are mild, 56 or 0.5 percent are severe, and 18 or 0.2 percent are in critical condition.
The spike in the reported cases comes just days before several key areas are set to shift to a more relaxed general community quarantine. These include Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Calabarzon, the provinces of Albay and Pangasinan; as well as Davao City.

This means, most businesses will be allowed to open and public transportation will resume in a limited form.

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