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RECORD NUMBERS | COVID-19 cases breach 50,000 after highest single day spike
July 8, 2020 , 10:13 PM

(July 08, 2020) – Confirmed coronavirus cases in the country now reached 50,359 on Wednesday, after another record single day increase of 2,539.

This comes only five days after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 40,000 cases.

The Philippines also has the highest number of active cases in Southeast Asia at 36,457, according to The ASEAN Post.

Indonesia actually had more total cases at 68,079, but its active cases are only around half at 33,000.

The University of the Philippines OCTA Research team had projected 60,000 infections by the end of July. The country reached 50,000 eight days into the month.

Fresh cases rose to 1,922 on Wednesday, with 883 coming from Metro Manila, and 369 from Central Visayas. Backlogs is at 617, with 183 coming from the capital region.

Recoveries continued to rise at 12,588, after 202 additions on Wednesday.

But five more fatalities were reported, bringing the death toll to 1,314.

The DOH also noted that 53 duplicates in the case file had to be removed.

Daily reports of additional infections have risen by more than 1,000 in the past few days, but the government said this would happen with expanded testing to asymptomatic carriers and non-medical frontliners.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire insisted that despite the jump in numbers, the country has been managing the pandemic.

She cited that less than half of hospital beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients were occupied. While the positivity rate of the country, at 7.4 percent, was well below the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of 10 percent.

But the DOH spokesperson acknowledged that some cities in the capital region spread the virus faster due to community transmissions, as restrictions were further eased.

In a broadcast early Wednesday morning, President Rodrigo Duterte balked at fully reopening the economy as cases of coronavirus infections continued to rise, citing the experience of other countries that lifted restrictions.

“If you open the entire Philippines and thousands upon thousands of new cases would happen, then we are in deep shit,” Duterte said.

“We have to be very circumspect in re-opening of the economy. Dahan-dahan lang. And if there is going to be a spike again, Baka marami ang infected, at least young calibrated numbers of people we allowed to go out would be still manageable numbers.” (Katrina Elaine Alba/AGD)

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