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COVID-19 cases breach 150,000

With 6,216 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday, the Philippines now has a total of 153,660 infections since the pandemic began.

SHIELD INSPECTOR. Levi Facundo, head of the Manila Bureau of Permits, inspects a stall selling face shields in Carriedo, Sta Cruz on August 14, 2020 to check if traders are abiding by a price control imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry. The demand for face shields has gone up following the government decision requiring the mandatory use of face shields and masks in public transportation and at work beginning August 15, amid the steady spike in new COVID-19 cases. Norman Cruz
This is the second highest number of additional COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with the record-high at 6,958 on Aug. 10.

Of the total number of infections, 79,813 are active cases, with patients being treated for COVID-19 or under quarantine.

Health officials reported 16 new fatalities, bring total deaths to 2,442 from COVID-19.

At the same time, there were 1,038 new recoveries, bringing to 71,405 the number of patients who have recovered from the disease.

The Philippines has been logging record-high numbers in terms of new COVID-19 cases since late July, following the easing of quarantine measures and the gradual reopening of the economy.

There has been no apparent letup in the rise even while Metro Manila and surrounding provinces reverted to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine on August 4, with the restrictions to remain in effect until Aug. 18.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday said the “bulk of cases are in the productive age group of 20 to 59 years old.”

This was the group that went out to work, she said.

SITUATIONAL REPORT. Secretary Vivencio Dizon (left), deputy chief implementer of the government's national policy against covid-19, goes into a huddle with Dr. Conrado Crisostomo of DLSU-MC , prior to the start of the COVID-19 situational report of Dasmarinas City, Cavite at the Villarosa Hall, Angelo King building on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Cavite is one of the provinces that have been chalking up surging cases of virus infection despite being placed under the stricter MECQ controls. JR Josue 
“The drivers of infection - when we look at the data--are those who go out of their homes. When they return, they are the ones who bring the infection to their homes,” Vergeire said.

After Metro Manila and nearby provinces reverted to the relatively stricter modified enhanced community quarantine, the government said it would recalibrate its COVID-19 response with the help of the medical sector.

Topics: COVID-19 cases , Maria Rosario Vergeire , pandemic , Department of Health , Metro Manila
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