May 30, 2020 – The Philippines on Saturday reported 590 new infections of coronavirus, including “fresh” cases which shot up five times from a day earlier.
The Department of Health said the country has a total of 17,224 cases as Metro Manila is two days away from easing quarantine restrictions.
Almost half of the new cases, at 252, were considered ‘fresh’ or whose test results were released within three days. This is five times higher than the 46 fresh cases reported on Friday. 162 of the fresh cases were reported in Metro Manila, while 18 came from Central Visayas.
Meanwhile, the ‘late’ cases, or those test results were released four days ago or more, declined to 338 on Saturday compared to the 1,000 reported on May 29.
The DOH said the increase in late confirmed cases is due to the more complete and timely submission of the lanboratories in their line list and the recent deployment of the COVID-KAYA information system.
On the other hand, 88 more have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 3,808. Eight more have died, with the tally at 950.
The Department of Health introduced the new terminologies on Friday night, as the number of new confirmed cases rose to 1,046–the highest single day surge of infection since the outbreak in late January.
Public health epidemiologist Troy Gepte explained in an earlier virtual briefing that the terminologies would better reflect the date of onset of illness.
However, the rise of ‘fresh’ cases came in contrast with the DOH’s earlier pronouncements Saturday afternoon that the rate of infection was slowing down.
Health Undersecretary Maria Vergeire said in the same virtual briefing that the period of time for the cases to double is now almost a week, compared to three to four days last month.
This comes two days before Metro Manila, Pangasinan province, Cagayan Valley (Region II), Central Luzon (Region III), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Central Visayas (Region VII) including Cebu City and Mandaue City, Zamboanga City, and Davao City would be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The rest of the country would be under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), or the transition phase between GCQ and the ‘new normal’.
(Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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