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RISING INFECTIONS | COVID cases reach 51,000, highest active cases in ASEAN
July 9, 2020 , 07:08 PM

(July 09, 2020) – Confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines reached 51,754 on Thursday, while surpassing Indonesia for the most number of active cases in the region.

The Philippines has now 37,627 active cases, overtaking Indonesia’s 34,668 despite its Southeast Asian neighbor holding the most number of infections at 70,736, according to The ASEAN Post.

The health department reported 1,395 additional cases today. Of these figures, 1,184 are considered fresh, while 211 were from backlogs.

With the new development, the Philippines is likely to reach the University of the Philippines projection of 60,000 cases, supposedly at the end of July, at a much earlier date.

But the government downplayed concerns, despite reported infections rising from 1,000 to 2,000 per day — even reaching the new record single day rise on Wednesday at 2,539.

“We are experiencing an increase in the number of positive cases due to the increase in testing and community transmission. The increase is gradual, and we are able to cope,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire said in a virtual briefing on Thursday.

The health department has managed to conduct a total of 889,066 tests since the start of the pandemic, with an average of 19,512 actual tests in the past seven days.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, who previously cheered beating a University of the Philippines (UP) projection of 40,000 infections by the end of June, added in a separate briefing that 99.3 percent of cases turned out to be mild or asymptomatic.

No deaths though have been reported on Thursday, with the death toll still at 1,314.

The government maintained that the country is managing the epidemic, as the death rate is at 2.9 percent compared to the global average of 5.5 percent.

It also takes more than a week for cases to double, which is a positive sign for the DOH.

While infections continue to rise in the Philippines, the rate of recoveries are not keeping up.

The DOH only reported 12,813 recoveries, which lagged third behind Singapore’s 40,000 and Indonesia’s 30,000.

“‘Di nagrereport yung iba na nag-recover dahil nag-isolate na sila, hindi na nagsasubmit ng datos sa DOH,” added Roque.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines earlier urged the government to step up contact tracing after it has expanded testing to asymptomatics and non-medical frontliners.

Roque said the government is set to hire 50,000 contact tracers. The country has also boosted its testing capability with 83 laboratories to date.

Meanwhile, the cabinet official clarified his “sasayawan natin ang virus” remark meant a hammer-and-dance theory, in which the government implemented suppression and mitigation measures instead of doing nothing.

The inter-agency task force is set to decide next week on whether to maintain the current quarantine status in the country or to further ease curbs. (Katrina Elaine Alba/AGD)

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