PH COVID-19 cases soar past 80K as DOH records 2,110 new cases

PH COVID-19 cases soar past 80K as DOH records 2,110 new cases

MANILA — The Department of Health on Sunday recorded 2,110 new cases of the coronavirus and the country’s count on Covid-19 soared past the 80,000 mark.

It was the fourth straight day PH recorded more than 2k cases bringing the national tally to 80,448.

The DOH said the 2,110 new cases were based on reports from 66 out of 90 testing labs nationwide.

Researchers of the University of the Philippines earlier projected the country would hit 85,000 at the end of July and PH seems to be right on target.

Once again, the bulk of Sunday’s report came from the National Capital Region, considered as epicenter of the country’s outbreak since early March.

Metro Manila had 1,345 cases followed by Cebu (304), Laguna (109), Negros Occidental (66) and Rizal Province, with 40.

NCR is under general community quarantine and has been consistently registering 1,000-plus new cases in last 10 days, or since July 16.

The rising number of cases has resulted to shortage of hospitals beds in the capital region, where the critical care capacity is pegged at 74.9% and is considered to be in the “danger zone” as of Friday, July 24.

The DOH also reported there were 39 new fatalities on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 1,932. Out of the 39 new deaths, 35 accordingly took place in July, while two occurred each in June and April.

Recoveries on the other hand continued to climb after 382 more survivors were listed for a total count of 26,110.

The continued increase in coronavirus cases comes at a time President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27.

The President is expected to lay down his administration’s pandemic recovery plan and response to the crisis, which has been criticized for its heavily militarized approach.

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