Philippines' COVID-19 cases exceed 80,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — More than 80,000 people in the country have now been infected with COVID-19, the Department of Health disclosed on Sunday, as it logged over 2,000 new cases a day for the fourth consecutive day.

The COVID-19 case count has reached 80,448, after the agency reported that 2,110 more have caught the virus.

Over 60 percent or 1,345 of the new cases came from the National Capital Region, based on the case report. Cebu province had 304, Laguna had 109, Negros Occidental had 66, while Rizal had 40.

Recoveries also rose to 26,110, after 382 more patients have survived the disease. Meanwhile, the death toll is now at 1,932, with 39 new deaths.

The DOH said the country has 52,406 active COVID-19 cases or currently ill patients, with the vast majority experiencing only mild symptoms.

The DOH said the Philippines has 52,406 active COVID-19 cases, making it the country with the highest number of currently ill patients in the Southeast Asia region. Indonesia came next with some 37,000 active cases out of a total case count of 97,000, based on data from the Johns Hopkins University.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said NCR may revert to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine if the national case tally reaches 85,000 by end-July.

This figure was based on a projection made by researchers from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, who also predicted a total of 2,000 deaths by July 31.

READ: UP, UST researchers predict 85,000 COVID-19 cases in PH by end-July

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 36 more Filipinos overseas caught the virus, for a total of 9,275 infected. The death count remains at 653, while the tally of survivors are at 5,410.

Global infections have hit over 16 million, with 644,000 deaths, and 9.2 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University.