By: Manny Mogato, News5 Editor-at-Large
(August 2, 2020) —President Rodrigo Duterte met with his Cabinet on Sunday a day after the country’s medical community has called on the government to re-impose stricter quarantine protocols, his spokesman said as the number of coronavirus reached more than 100,000.
Harry Roque did not say what was decided during the president’s meeting but they talked about the request to place the capital region under tougher lockdown for two weeks from Monday.
“I will make the proper announcement in due course,” Roque said promising to issue a statement on any important decision to be taken by the government.
The members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases had also met to discuss the concerns of the medical community.
The head of the National Task Force, Defense Secretary Lorenzana said they will meet with the medical community on Monday.
While the government was still deliberating on what to do, the Archdiocese of Manila acted swiftly announcing to close all churches for masses in the next two weeks u until August 14 to heed the request of doctors and nurses.
Last month, churches were allowed up to 30 percent people to attend religious services.
On Saturday, they asked the government for a time out for two weeks, suggesting a recalibration of the government’s pandemic response as transmission of the disease surges.
On Sunday, the health department reported a total of 5,032 cases, breaking all records in the past six months, the fifth straight day of steady increase of infections.
The Philippines cumulative total has reached 103,185 cases, second highest in Southeast Asia next to Indonesia’s 108,000.
But it has the highest number of active cases with more than 35,500 as the number of recoveries was low at 65,000 and the death toll at more than 2,000.
Most of the new cases were from the capital region, the epicenter of the disease at 2,114.
It was followed by region 7 or central Visayas with 279.
The health department said there were 2,919 late cases.
The data, according to the health department, came only from 70 out of 94 laboratories.
The health department there was one case that was previously reported to have recovered but has been validated to have died and already included in the count of new deaths.
Out of the 5,032 new cases reported on Sunday, 3,143 or 62 percent of the cases occurred within the recent 14 days from July 20 to August 2.
The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were:
• NCR: 1,577 (50%)
• Region 4A: 786 (25%)
• Region 7: 299 (10%)
In Metro Manila, the following were the top five contributing cities:
• Quezon City: 569 (21%)
• Manila: 379 (14%)
• Makati: 339 (12%)
• Caloocan City: 151 (6%)
• Taguig: 132 (5%)
While in CALABARZON, 463 (40%) cases were from Cavite, followed by:
• Laguna: 326 (28%)
• Rizal 201 (17%)
• Batangas: 113 (10%)
• Quezon: 16 (1%)
*36 cases had no provincial detail.
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