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Phl posts all-time daily high of 7,103 new Covid-19 cases

19 March 2021

By The SUN 

Friday's tally surpasses the record posted on Aug 10 last year

The Philippines has recorded an unprecedented daily tally of 7,103 cases of Covid-19 today, Mar 19, raising the total number of active cases to another record high of 73,264.

The last record was posted on Aug 10, 2020, with 6,958 infections.

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In its latest report, the Department of Health said the total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 648,066, with 12,900 related deaths which is 1.99 of the case tally.

Meanwhile, 390 patients were declared free of the virus, pushing the number of recoveries to 561,902 or 86.7% overall.

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According to the DOH, at least 93.9% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 3.3% are asymptomatic. Of those with moderate to severe symptoms, 1% are  in critical condition, 1.1% are serious while 59% are moderately ill.


At the same time, the DOH posted a positivity rate of 15%, which refers to the percentage of those found infected out of all the people tested for the day. According to experts, this indicates that there are more people likely to have the virus who have not been tested yet.

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Of the 35,508 people tested, 5,327 were found infected. The figure does not reflect a complete tally as the DOH is still awaiting figures from five laboratories.

Since Mar 16, the positivity rate has gone up significantly, from 13.8%, on Tuesday, to 14.5% on Wednesday, and 15% on Thursday, the highest since April last year.

The surge in cases has led to the imposition of a 10pm to 5am curfew across Metro Manila, and new restrictions being put in place for all arriving passengers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


From tomorrow until Apr 19, the number of passengers allowed to land at the airport will be capped at 1,500, while only returning overseas Filipino workers will be allowed in. 


All foreigners and Filipinos overseas who are non-OFWs will not be allowed to board flights bound for Manila.




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