COVID-19 cases in PH now over 139,000 with 2,987 new infections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The number of coronavirus cases in the country hit 139,538 on Tuesday, after the Department of Health listed 2,987 more infected patients.

Of the new cases, the DOH said 1,290 were detected in the last three days, while 1,697 were part of the validation backlog.

Most were also recorded in Metro Manila with 1,510 more infections, while 398 are from Cavite, 144 from Laguna, 135 from Iloilo, and 119 from Cebu.

The department said 68,794 of the total case count are active cases or currently ill patients. It added that 91.6% are mild cases, 7.2% are asymptomatic, 0.6% severe, while the other 0.6% are critical.

The DOH also confirmed another 280 patients have been cleared of COVID-19, bringing recoveries to 68,432.

However, the death toll climbed to 2,312 with 19 newly reported deaths — eight occurred in August, seven in July, and four in April and June.

Figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, showed that the disease has hit 17 more Filipinos abroad. The case tally among overseas Filipinos went up to 9,774, including 708 deaths and 5,790 recoveries.

The DOH said the increase in the country's cases since mid-June can be attributed to enhanced surveillance and improved testing capacity, but may also signal that the practice of minimum health standards should be strengthened.

On Monday, the Philippines set another record for single-day new cases at almost 7,000.

“We continue to emphasize that the increase in cases is dependent on the strategies being implemented and the cooperation of the public in the conduct of these measures,” the department said.

According to former COVID-19 task force special adviser Dr. Tony Leachon, Metro Manila may need another round of the modified enhanced community quarantine as the country may lose gains in the COVID-19 fight if the hotspot region eases to a more relaxed lockdown status.

The country’s capital region logged a staggering 4,163 infections on Monday.

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However, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said an MECQ extension over the region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal is “highly unlikely," as the government is already running low on funds to distribute as cash aid.

The Inter-Agency Task Force is set to meet on Wednesday to finalize its recommendation whether to ease or retain the community quarantine status in Metro Manila and the four provinces. President Rodrigo Duterte will have the final say on the fate of these areas.