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COVID CASES SPIKE | Philippines registers highest single day increase in coronavirus infections
July 31, 2020 , 05:12 PM

(July 31, 2020) – The Philippines on Friday reported more than 4,000 coronavirus cases, the highest single day increase in the number of infections, but it did not stop the government from further opening the economy as it nears a recession.

Health officials said it was the second day in a row the country has reported a record number of infections. On Thursday, more than 3,900 cases were added.

The number of cumulative cases in the country has risen to 93,354 but more than 65,000 recovered, bringing the number of active cases to 26,153. Only 165 got well on Friday.

More than 2,000 of the new cases were reported from Metro Manila, while 558 came from Central Visayas, and 492 more from CALABARZON.

The number of fatalities also increased after 40 people were reported to have died on Friday, raising the death toll to 2,023.  Twenty-seven of the additional deaths have been reported this month.

A third of those who passed away were from the national capital region, another third were from Central Visayas and the rest from other regions.

Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) had projected the country would reach 85,000 cases by the end of July. But the country had reached that mark two days earlier.

Experts had predicted the number of cases to reach 100,000 by the end of August.

But the government has downplayed the rise in confirmed cases, citing its “massive targeted testing” efforts. They plan to conduct a total of 2 million tests by August. (Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)

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