MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday (19 March 2021) registered what could be the highest daily COVID-19 count the country has seen since the start of the pandemic.
The DOH said the country logged a total of 7,103 positive cases of the coronavirus that pushed PH’s total caseload to 648,066.
At a glance:
Active cases: 73,264 or 11.3% of the total
Recoveries: 390, pushing total to 561,902
Deaths: 13, bringing the total fatalities to 12,900
It was gathered that Friday’s tally surpassed the highest single-day spike of 6,958 cases recorded on August 10, 2020.
Amid the surge in Covid cases, it was gathered that operations of driving schools, traditional cinemas, arcades, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers in areas under general community quarantine are suspended for two consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, the capacity of dine-in restaurants, cafes, and establishments offering personal care services was also ordered lowered to 50% as well as the venue capacity of religious gatherings is now limited to 30-percent venue capacity.
The suspension of entry into the Philippines previously ordered by the government has been revised and Filipinos, including those who are not migrant workers, are now allowed to return to the country.
However, entry of foreign nationals is suspended from March 22 to April 21.
In other news, World Health Organization country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the current surge in infection is influenced by vaccine optimism that led to decreased compliance to health protocols and circulation of variants.
The country’s Food and Drug Administration approved Sputnik V, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute, for emergency.
The government secured 20 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in a tripartite deal with American company and the private sector.
President Rodrigo Duterte approved recommendation to utilize all onhand doses of the AstraZeneca jab as first dose to frontline healthcare workers. (AI/MTVN)
FDA said that Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac needs to prove its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for the elderly before the jab can be administered to them.