By Brenda del Rosario
MANILA – The Department of Health has on Monday, 14 December 2020 registered 1,339 additional new cases of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19).
The said additional cases of the killer disease pushed the country’s accumulated total to 450,733 even as recoveries improved to 418,723 with the addition of 41 new survivors or recoveries.
Fatalities rose to 8,757 as there were 24 more deaths reported by the health department.
Active cases or individuals undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the country accounts for only 23,253 because of the huge number of recoveries (418,723).
In percentage, the total number of active cases is now pegged at 5.2% (23,253), while the number of recoveries is at a high of 92.9% (418,723), and death at only 1.94% (8,757).
PH still holds the distinction as one of the longest in recorded quarantine period in the world. It is now under 271 days of community quarantine or equivalent to more than nine months.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already announced earlier on his decision to acquire a vaccine to achieve herd immunity to ensure the recovery of Filipinos from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Globally, since December 31, 2019 to December 13, 2020, there are now 70,957,979 cases of COVID-19 including 1,605,595 deaths.
The government of United States of America reported 190,920 new Covid-19 cases and 1,389 virus-related deaths on Sunday. The new figures raise the country’s total to at least 16,253,219 cases and 299,168 deaths.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced “The first batch of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine have arrived in Canada,” in his Twitter account with photo of the Pfizer vaccine arriving in Canada on Sunday evening.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini of the Southern African country of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, passed away on Sunday afternoon while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa according to Deputy Prime Minister Themba N. Masuku. This comes just weeks after the government announced he contracted Covid-19. (AI/MTVN)