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DOH reports new record-high 40,397 recoveries as PH’s COVID-19 cases top 160K

MANILA, Philippines — Over 40,000 more people have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the country’s total caseload breached the 160,000 mark, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Sunday. In its daily COVID-19 case bulletin, the DOH announced a new record-high single-day increase of 40,397 recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who […] The post DOH reports new record-high 40,397 recoveries as PH’s COVID-19 cases top 160K appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 16th, 2020

Live COVID-19 updates: Russia reports record high of daily COVID-19 cases

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. - - - - MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed a record daily number of 22,778 ne.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

DOH reports record-high recoveries at 40,397

Health officials on Sunday reported a record 40,397 COVID-19 recoveries Sunday, but only 914 of these were tested and found negative for the coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Philippines reports record 6,958 new COVID-19 cases, total 136,638

MANILA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 136,638 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported record high 6,958 new daily cases on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

Philippines reports record-high 6,352 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 112,593

MANILA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 112,593 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record high of 6,352 new cases on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

PH reports milestone 103,185 mark in COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 health crisis in the country hit a milestone on Sunday, August 2, as more than 100,000 people were confirmed to have been infected by the deadly disease since the first case was detected last January. The Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,032 new infections, raising the total number of cases to 103,185. The country’s new cases hit fresh highs  in terms of daily reported infections for four straight days already—beating the 4,963 cases recorded on Saturday, August 1.  The active cases stood at 35,569, the DOH said.  The number of recoveries is now at 65,557 with 301 new patients who have recuperated. The death toll jumped to 2,059 as 20 more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.  This scenario was way ahead of the projection of experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) last July 7— saying that the country could surpass 100,000 cases by the end of August. It can be noted that the Philippines only had a total of 38,511 confirmed cases on July 1. The daily tallies since then ranged between 290 to 5,000 cases. The Philippines ranked 26th with the most number of cases worldwide, based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 dashboard.Among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines placed second in terms of case total.  As of Saturday, August 1, the Philippines has tested a total of  1,433,544 people or 1.35 percent of its 106 million population. The total number of tests conducted is at 1,534,319. Moreover, there are 97 COVID-19 licensed laboratories with an overall daily testing capacity of around 28,000. Majority of the infections in the country are found in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country. To date, the number of cases in NCR reached 53,135 with active cases at 17,613, based on the DOH COVID-19 tracker.  Early in July, WHO Country Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe underscored the importance of releasing the test result in a fast manner with an ideal turnaround time of  “less than 24 hours,” as well as to strengthen the contact tracing initiatives. He then also expressed concern over the spike of COVID-19 cases being detected outside the NCR, describing it as a “worrying phenomena.” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are already expecting that the number of cases will shoot up due to the easing of quarantine restrictions. Authorities continuously urged the public to remain vigilant and follow the precautionary measures at all times.  The government relaxed quarantine restrictions in many areas of the country in June, while some reverted or remained under strict measures. The NCR was downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1 from the much stricter lockdown of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). At that time, experts from UP said that it  “might be premature to relax the MECQ to GCQ” as the rate of transmission in NCR remains high. Several medical associations on Saturday called on the government to place NCR under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as healthcare workers are already exhausted and in order to slow down the increase of infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Robredo cites gov’t data showing COVID-19 response is not working

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo on Sunday pointed at government data to prove her claim that it’s doing something wrong in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Iyong datos—at ang datos galing sa pamahalaan—iyong datos ang ating basehan kung bakit natin sinasabi na kung ano iyong ginagawa natin ngayon, hindi siya nagwo-work,” she said on her radio show. Robredo reiterated her call on the administration to reassess its policies and improve in areas where lapses have been committed following the request of frontline health workers to revive strict lockdowns in Metro Manila and its adjacent regions. The vice president said the medical community’s appeal for comprehensive strategy against COVID-19 is a valid request that should be seriously considered. “Iyong lahat na punto nila, halimbawa na lang sinasabi nila na ‘iyong ginagawa natin ngayon is not working.’ Iyon din iyong punto ko, eh. Na hindi working iyong ginagawa natin ngayon kasi pataas nga nang pataas iyong bilang,” she said. As of August 1, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,963 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 98,232. “Ito nga 98,000, validated lang dahil iyong for validation pa, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, nasa mga 37,000, 38,000 pa. Ito iyong discrepancy. So kapag dinagdag mo pa iyon, talagang unimaginable na iyong numbers natin,” she said. Robredo also cited the data from tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong that showed only four of over 600 local government units have contract tracing capability. For each positive COVID-19 case, only eight persons are being traced on the average instead of the standard of 37, she said.“Iyong ina-announce na so much number of contact tracers, na 52,000 yata—52,000 na iyong na-hire, pero ang sabi ng WHO, dapat ang ideal para sa atin 132,000 iyong ma-hire na contact tracers,” Robredo added.She said the Philippines is now conducting 30,000 tests for coronavirus per day, but she noted it took the government two months to meet its target daily testing capacity in May.The vice president said she was surprised with the “mass recovery adjustment” after the DOH reported a record-high in recoveries of COVID-19 patients at 38,075.Robredo asserted the DOH must inform the public before changing its data system. “Kung magpapalit ng definition, kung magpapalit ng protocols, baka mas maganda na ina-announce iyon sa tao bago makita iyong numero kasi talagang nagulat lahat. Tapos ang pinaka-mahirap, pagkatapos noong one-time-big-time na isang araw, the following day balik sa dati,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Valenzuela to comply with new method of classifying COVID-19 recoveries

The Valenzuela city government will comply with the Department of Health’s (DOH) new method of classifying coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recoveries. The recommendation to implement the “time-based reckoning of recoveries of mild and asymptomatic patients” was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on July 30 in its 60th resolution. With the new classification, probable, suspect, and confirmed COVID-19 patients will no longer have to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before they are considered recovered, according to an announcement issued by the Valenzuela city government Saturday night. Symptomatic patients who no longer display symptoms after three or more days and who have been in isolation for at least 14 days will be considered recovered, even without undergoing a PCR test. Meanwhile, asymptomatic patients who did not display symptoms after 14 days in isolation will also be considered recovered despite not undergoing another PCR test. They will only need a doctor’s certification before being allowed to return to their communities. The new method was introduced as the DOH reported a record-high 38,075 COVID-19 recoveries in a single day, cutting the country’s active cases by over a half. The practice is in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation for a “symptoms-based strategy” in releasing COVID-19 patients from quarantine, which it has been pushing for since May. The health department said there is evidence that patients have a low risk of infecting others at the 10th day of illness. There are also challenges in conducting repeat tests, such as limited laboratory supplies and equipment, the WHO said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

DOH records highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in a day

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday recorded 145 newly recovered patients from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a record-high increase posted in a single day, bringing the total of recoveries to 2,251. The DOH also reported 268 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, raising the total to 11,618. One hundred and sixty-five or 61% […] The post DOH records highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in a day appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

82 more people recover from COVID-19 as confirmed cases soar to 5,660

MANILA, Philippines — Eighty-two new recoveries were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, a record-high spike of recoveries since the disease was first reported in the country bringing the total to 435 while the number of confirmed cases soared to 5,660 as of 4 p.m. Thursday. This also further widened the gap […] The post 82 more people recover from COVID-19 as confirmed cases soar to 5,660 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Live COVID-19 updates: Russia reports record daily infection cases

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. - - - - MOSCOW -- Russia registered 24,822 COVID-19 cases over the past 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Live COVID-19 updates: Russia reports record daily COVID-19 cases

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. - - - - MOSCOW -- Russia registered 21,983 COVID-19 cases over the past 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Cebu City to be under lockdown again?

CEBU CITY — A lockdown may be imposed here again after a slight increase in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were recorded in the past three days, the chief of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said Thursday.           City Councilor Joel Garganera said that from Nov. 9 to 11, there were more new cases than recoveries which may lead to another lockdown before the month ends.           “If this trend will continue, then it’s not isolated and that before the end of the month, we will lock down,” Garganera said.           The city recorded 13 new cases last Tuesday and another 28 last Wednesday, increasing the active cases to 131 as of Thursday.           “This data serves as a warning. Our government, the police, the barangays, and frontliners can only do so much. We need the cooperation of the entire populace. If other first world countries, with much superior health services, experienced second wave, lockdowns, how much more us. What good will be our gains if the few continue to violate our health protocols,” Garganera said.           The councilor lamented that mass gatherings have also become common in the past few days even if the city remains under general community quarantine.            Garganera said the EOC has received reports that some people are renting houses as venues for parties.           “People tend to relax. There were mass gatherings and parties. Some people are renting houses or these Airbnb and hold parties there,” said Garganera.           “This is very alarming. If the cases continue to increase we might implement a lockdown. This is a warning because a lot are no longer complying with the health protocols,” said Garganera.           Garganera said the EOC will be meeting with the police so that stricter implementation of health protocols will be imposed.           “Though the positivity rate is way below the WHO (World Health Organization) threshold which is five percent but if people tend to be not mindful of the health protocols, we will be surprised that we will celebrate Christmas under ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Biden knocks Trump as rivals barnstorm heartland in election finale

Joe Biden intensified his attacks Friday on President Donald Trump as they battled over the American Midwest, chasing every last vote with four days to go in a region that propelled the Republican to victory in 2016. RUS President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport October 30, 2020 in Rochester, Minnesota. With Election Day only four days away, Trump is campaigning in Minnesota despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the state. In accordance with state orders, only 250 people will be able to attend the rally with Trump while thousands of others will gather outside the airport to watch on a large television screen. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP) Trump and Biden barnstormed three heartland states each — with a resurgent coronavirus passing the milestone of nine million cases as they hit the stump — highlighting their differences in a race overshadowed by the pandemic. Trump, heralded a “big day” of campaigning as he left the White House, then held a rally in Michigan before heading to Wisconsin and Minnesota, all states battling climbing numbers of virus cases. “We just want normal,” Trump told supporters — many of them unmasked — at an outdoor rally near Detroit as he pushed states to relax public health restrictions and resume daily life. He again bucked his own administration’s health experts as he downplayed the Covid-19 threat, saying “if you get it, you’re going to get better, and then you’re going to be immune.” Covid-19 has killed nearly 230,000 people in the US, which is experiencing surges in most states as the winter flu season looms. The outbreak has ravaged the economy, and while there have been signs of recovery, millions remain jobless. Biden was also stumping in Wisconsin and in Minnesota, where he sharpened his attacks on the president on everything from Trump seeking to dismantle Obama-era health care protections and keep his taxes secret to climate change and trade policy with China. “We can not afford four more years of Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old Democrat said at a socially distanced drive-in rally in St. Paul, Minnesota. “So honk your horn if you want America to lead again!” he said, embracing the awkward pandemic-era campaign trend of rallying supporters in their vehicles. “Honk your horn if you want to have civility again, and honk your horn if you want America to be united again!” Earlier in Iowa he attacker Trump over his handling of the pandemic. “Donald Trump has given up (and) waved the white flag,” Biden told a drive-in rally with more than 300 cars in Des Moines. – ‘Less divided’ – Trump flipped Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin from the Democrats to clinch his shock victory four years ago.  Now polls show Biden leading in all three, albeit narrowly in Iowa. It was Biden’s first visit to Iowa since his inauspicious campaign start in February, when he placed a dismal fourth in the opening Democratic nominating contest. So can Biden win over enough voters to prevail in the Hawkeye State? “I wouldn’t put money on it,” Iowa attorney Sara Riley, 61, said at Biden’s event, although she was more confident about him clinching the White House. “I think Americans, even Trump supporters, want to get to a place where the country is less divided,” Riley said. With voters concerned about the health hazards of crowded polling stations on November 3, a record 86 million have already cast early ballots by mail or in person. Even as the US hit a grim new high in daily Covid-19 infections Thursday, Trump has stuck to his guns, downplaying the dangers and branding Democrats as rampaging “socialists” intent on shuttering the country. And while Trump has touted the economic successes of his presidency, including positive GDP figures Thursday, US stocks closed out their worst week since March, highlighting concerns about a shaky recovery. – ‘Turn Texas blue?’ – After a campaign largely muted by the pandemic, Biden is on the offensive, pushing Trump onto the back foot in unexpected battlegrounds like Texas, a large, traditionally conservative bastion now rated a toss-up by multiple analysts. On Friday the state reported that a staggering nine million residents had already voted, surpassing its entire 2016 total. Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris visited Texas Friday in a bid to turn the state Democratic for the first time since president Jimmy Carter in 1976. “We have a chance to turn Texas blue,” the 96-year-old Carter said in a fundraising email. Biden winning there would be a dagger to Trump, but the president dismissed the notion, saying: “Texas, we’re doing very well.” Trump and Biden are focusing their greatest efforts on traditional battlegrounds that will decide the election — such as Florida, where both campaigned on Thursday. On Saturday Biden returns to the Midwest bringing with him perhaps his strongest surrogate: ex-president Barack Obama, making his first joint in-person campaign appearance of the year with his former VP. Motown music legend Stevie Wonder will join them, the Biden campaign said. Trump will spend the day campaigning in the critical state of Pennsylvania, where he narrowly trails Biden in polls. Biden will follow suit there both Sunday and Monday in a clear sign that his campaign sees the Keystone State as absolutely crucial to his victory......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

CV COVID-19 update: Active cases dwindle to 1,153 as recovery hits 88.57%

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The active case count of coronavirus disease continues to dwindle in Central Visayas as the health department reports more recoveries than new cases, at least in the last seven days. From October 4 to October 10, 2020, the Department of Health in Central Visayas declared a total of 476 recoveries from […] The post CV COVID-19 update: Active cases dwindle to 1,153 as recovery hits 88.57% appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

PNP reports 108 recoveries as 36 more cops get COVID-19

The Philippine National Police recorded 36 more cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among its ranks, according to its latest case bulletin. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Philippines reports 4,699 new COVID-19 cases with record 259 deaths

The country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 265,888, the highest in Southeast Asia despite enforcing the longest lockdown in the region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Nepal’s highest single-day coronavirus infections, deaths

KATHMANDU, Nepal (Xinhua) — The Nepali government on Sunday confirmed record high deaths from COVID-19 and the record daily spike in cases in a single day. “A total of 14 persons died in the last 24 hours taking the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 221,” said Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson of the Ministry […] The post Nepal’s highest single-day coronavirus infections, deaths appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

103 recoveries, 2 new cases in Mandaue City on Aug. 14

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Mandaue City made another record high after it logged 103 recoveries from the coronavirus disease in a single day on Friday, August 14. All of the city’s new recoveries come from the community. In an advisory, the City Public Information Office (PIO) said that Mandaue’s recoveries are now at 1, 513 […] The post 103 recoveries, 2 new cases in Mandaue City on Aug. 14 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Mandaue City active cases down to 554 with 43 new recoveries, 11 new cases

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City recorded another high in its COVID-19 recoveries with 43 newly recovered patients logged on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The new recoveries raise the city’s total recovery count to 1,330, bringing down its active case count to 554 despite logging 11 new infections for the day. Mandaue City’s newly recovered […] The post Mandaue City active cases down to 554 with 43 new recoveries, 11 new cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020