The Philippines has recorded 6,426 new COVID-19 cases, a total of 1,322,053 cases

16-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Xinhua | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,426 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Southeast Asian countries to 1,322,053.

According to DOH, the number of deaths increased to 22,845 after an additional 57 patients died of viral illness.

With a population of over 110 million, the Philippines has tested over 13 million since its outbreak in January 2020.

The situation at COVID-19 in Metro Manila remains “vulnerable,” despite the declining number of new cases, said Maria Rosario Vergeire, Under Secretary of Health.

“Our hospitals in Metro Manila are now manageable. There are no more high-risk hospitals. Everything has been uncrowded since the last surge we experienced,” she said in an online briefing. “We will always soar if we are not careful that we may experience,” he said.

The Philippines is currently focusing on ways to get the pandemic and devastated economy back on track by relaxing blockage restrictions while curbing coronavirus infections. The government will announce new restriction rules later on Monday.

“We need to do these things slowly. Before opening the rest of the non-essential services, we prioritise the essential services first,” said Vergeire, arguing the need to balance the economy and the medical sector. I emphasized.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the restrictions are focused on resuming the economy to help people restore their jobs and sources of income.

“The current quarantine classification policy is economically favourable, allowing more companies to come back and operate with higher capacity,” Lopez said in a press conference.

On Monday, the mayors of Metro Manila agreed to shorten the curfew of the capital from Tuesday from 12:00 am to 4:00 am local time to extend business hours for businesses.

The National Economic and Development Authority said the pandemic caused a loss of about 1.4 trillion pesos (about US $ 21.78 billion) in total household income in 2020 alone.

According to domestic employment data, the unemployment rate rose from 5.3 percent before the pandemic to 7.1 percent in March 2021.

The Philippines has recorded 6,426 new COVID-19 cases, a total of 1,322,053 cases.


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