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Philippines posts new daily high of 19,441 Covid-19 cases

28 August 2021

By The SUN 

Metro Manila will remain under MECQ because of the record spike in cases

The Philippines has posted its highest ever daily tally of Covid-19 cases, with 19,441 new infections recorded on Saturday.

It’s the third time this month that the country has posted a record daily tally. The last time was only five days ago, when over 18,000 cases were recorded.


The record spike in cases prompted the national government to extend the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila until Sept 7.

Like Metro Manila, the provinces of Bataan and Laguna will be under MECQ with additional restrictions on dining, personal care services and religious activities for the next 10 days.

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Under regular MECQ are Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal, Aklan, Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Cagayan de Oro City.

The newly confirmed cases pushed up the country’s total tally to 1,935,700, with 7.4% of them or 142,679 active cases.

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The daily count did not include results from three laboratories which failed to make the cut-off time for reporting.

An overwhelming number, or 95.5% of the patients have mild symptoms, 1.8% are asymptomatic, 1.1% have severe symptoms, 0.99 are moderately ill, while 0.6% are in critical condition.


The death toll climbed up to 33,008 after 167 more people succumbed to the disease within the past 24 hours.

But the total recoveries were up, too, with 19,191 patients being declared free of the coronavirus. This raised the total number of recoveries to 1,790,013, or 90.9% of the total infections.

The so-called positivity rate, or the percentage of people from among those tested who return positive results, also rose to a new record high of 27.5% of the 71,620 who were tested Friday.

This is the 20th straight day that the rate has been over the indicated critical level of 20% of those tested, highlighting the need to do more testing.

According to the standard set by the World Health Organization, the positivity rate should be below 5% to declare that the infection in a place is under control.

More testing is needed as shown by the country's high positivity rate

With the continuing surge in new cases, almost half of Metro Manila cities have reported over 70% hospital bed utilization rate, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

"Dito po sa National Capital Region, ang utilization po ng ating mga ospital, mayroon tayo almost 50% of our cities na iyong bed utilization po nila ay nasa more than 70% na," she said during a press briefing.

(Here in the National Capital Region, for hospital utilization, almost 50% of our cities have more than 70% bed utilization already.)

She added that intensive care units in all but six cities in the NCR have breached the 70% utilization rate.

Vergeire said the government will take measures to expand bed capacity — including setting up tents and modular hospitals in critical areas.

DOH figures as of Aug 27 show that Metro Manila had the highest tally of new infections in the past 14 days with 48,469, followed by Calabarzon with 37,940, and Central Luzon with 22,708.

Cavite was the top province with the most new cases in the same period with 15,355, followed by Laguna with 10,626, and Bulacan with 9,445.


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