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Phl records 539 new Covid-19 cases, highest daily tally ever

28 May 2020

By The SUN

Today's 539 new cases is the country's highest daily tally

The Philippines has recorded 539 new cases of the coronavirus disease, the highest daily tally so far, bringing the total to 15,588.

This comes as Malacañang said Metro Manila is “ready” to move to a more relaxed general community quarantine starting next month after the inter-agency Covid-19 task force recommended the shift. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire warned there could be bigger spike in cases in the coming days due to the faster processing of test results after more encoders were hired.

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“Inaasahan pa rin po natin sa na sa mga darating na araw maaari pa rin pong tumaas ang ating mga kaso dahil patuloy na po tayong nakakapag-validate ng ating mga kaso,” she said in today’s virtual press briefing.

Vergeire earlier said the Department of Health would try to clear about 3,600 test backlogs by tonight, Mar 28.

The delay in the release of test results had led to about 30,000 newly returned overseas Filipino workers being quarantined in government facilities for up to two months, instead of just 14 days.

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Vergeire said only 10 out of 43 licensed laboratories nationwide have yet to clear their test backlogs.

She also claimed the infection rate has slowed down because the case doubling time – or when cases double in number from one day to the next – had slowed down to seven days compared to the peak rate of two to three days.

The recovery figure continues to outnumber the fatalities, with 92 more patients being discharged after treatment, raising the total recoveries to 3,598. The death toll climbed to 921 with 17 new fatalities reported today.

Among the new cases, 330 or 61 percent were from Metro Manila, 55 were from Central Visayas (Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor), 55 were repatriates, while the 99 others were spread out across the country.

Just last week, the DOH announced that the “first major wave” of infections peaked on March 31 when 538 new cases were reported.

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Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has said Metro Manila the National Capital Region could shift from modified enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine by Jun 1.

“NCR is ready from the data that we have seen but that really depends on the cooperation of everyone,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to make the announcement during his televised meeting tomorrow night with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19.

The IATF has reportedly recommended the relaxation of quarantine regulations in Metro Manila and Davao City after the city mayors in the areas agreed to the shift.

The ECQ imposed on the two areas  is set to expire on Sunday, May 31.

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