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Phl posts record daily tally of 8,019 new Covid-19 cases

22 March 2021

By The SUN 

Donated food is handed across a barrier as stricter gathering rules take effect Monday (Reuters)

Another daily record of 8,019 new coronavirus infections was posted in the Philippines on Monday, Mar 22, as authorities tighten curbs in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces.

In its daily bulletin, the Department of Health said that total confirmed cases had reached 671,792, of which 12.1% or 80,970 are active.

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Most of the active cases or 95.4% have only mild symptoms, while 2.2 percent are asymptomatic. Another 1 percent of the patients have severe symptoms while 0.9 percent are in critical condition.

At the same time, 103 coronavirus patients were declared recovered, bringing the overall tally to 577,850. Four more deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 12,972.

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This was the third record rise in the Philippines’ daily coronavirus tally in just four days. The country’s previous daily record of cases was 7,999, which was posted only on Saturday.

The surge in cases, believed to be caused largely by the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus strain, has led to hospital capacity nearing critical levels, according to government figures.


People are being urged to stay at home as much as possible to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 prevention that bans public gatherings and allowing only essential travel within Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal.


Overnight curfews are also in place, churches and other places where large groups gather have been shut, while indoor dining has been banned for the next two weeks at least.

The governments says it hopes to see new cases drop by at least 25% after the tighter measures are put in place.

The Philippines currently has the second-highest Covid-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia. A further surge in case could threaten hopes of a strong economic record after last year’s record contraction of 9.5%, and the loss of millions of jobs.


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