MANILA – Infections of the coronavirus in the Philippines roared to 98,232 after the Department of Health confirmed 4,963 new infections.
It was the most number of Covid-19 infections in a single day so far as the country threatened to break the century mark.
Active cases of Covid-19 however stay at 30,928, the net of reported recoveries and deaths.
Saturday’s number of infections was the third consecutive time that the single-day new infection record was broken this week.
Previously, the DOH logged 3,954 and 4,063 confirmed cases last Thursday and Friday, respectively.
As usual, the National Capital Region reported anew with the most newly-announced cases at 2,667.
This was followed by Cavite’s 405, Cebu’ 355, Laguna’s 324 and Rizal’s 252.
High its cases were, Metro Manila claimed more than half of the newly-reported cases or 53% of the whole total.
Meanwhile, the DOH said there were 93 additional survivors, bringing the local COVID-19 recovery tally to 65,265.
The death toll on the other hand, rose to 2,039 after 17 more patients succumbed to the virus.
The week that was, 19,280 additional infections on top of the 78,412 recorded as of last Saturday.
It was the most reported in a single week so far.
Earlier, at least 80 medical organizations appealed for a two-week “timeout” period through an enhanced community quarantine in Mega Manila.
The front-liners said an ECQ is needed as the healthcare system in the country has reached its maximum capacity due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The ECQ recommended by medical front-liners intends to correct existing issues on hospital workforce efficiency, failure of case finding and isolation, failure of contact tracing and quarantine, transportation safety, workplace safety, public compliance with self-protection, and social amelioration.
And with it, President Rodrigo Duterte has since ordered the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to consider imposing ECQ anew in Metro Manila.
Worldwide, there are now more than 17.1 million cases of the coronavirus including 668,000 deaths.