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New daily high of 15,310 Covid-19 cases posted in Philippines

02 April 2021

By The SUN 

Empty pews in a Phl church attest to the new surge in infections (AP photo)

Good Friday was an extra sad day for the predominantly Catholic Philippines, as the country posted a record 15,310 new Covid-19 cases today, Apr 2, bringing the total number of infections to 771,497.

The unprecedented figure was posted on the fifth day of an extreme lockdown imposed on Metro Manila and the four adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna.


Officials from the Department of Health said 3,709 of today’s cases are backlogs from Mar 31 due to uploading issues, which explained the unusually low tally of 6,128 for that day.

But today’s remaining 11,601 still make up the biggest daily tally since the pandemic broke out in the country early last year.


The new surge pushed the total number of active cases to 153,809, representing 19.9% of all infections.

But there were 434 new recoveries, raising the total to 604,368.

Another 17 people succumbed to Covid-19 today, pushing the death toll to 13,320.

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The record rises in infections, coupled with the increasing number of patients found with the highly infections coronavirus variant, has caused at least two countries to restrict the entry of people flying in from the Philippines.

In Hong Kong where the recent daily tally of imported cases always included at least one new arrival from the Philippines who invariably also had the mutated virus, there is a growing clamor to halt travel from the country.

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But health officials said Friday that the strict 21-day quarantine for all new arrivals from abroad (except from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Macau and the rest of China) will suffice for now.

UK will ban all non-residents flying in from the Philippines starting Apr 9

In Britain, the government just added the Philippines to its travel “red list”, along with Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh. The inclusion means that travelers from these countries, except British or Irish nationals and residents, will now be denied entry.

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Visitors who have departed of transited through the countries in the last 10 days will be banned entry starting at 4am, U.K. time, on Apr 9.

Exempted passengers who are allowed to enter the U.K. will be required to submit to coronavirus testing on or before the second day of their quarantine, and again on or after the eighth day.


“[T]hey will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result. They will also not be able to end their managed quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme,” an advisory from the British government said.

In Ireland, the Philippines was included among 26 countries that will be subjected to mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival starting 4 am on Apr 6, the only Asian state to be included in the list.

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Travelers from these countries will have to show a hotel booking for their 14-day quarantine, on top of a negative result for a Covid-19 test conducted 72 hours before their flight.


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