5,735 new coronavirus infections push Philippines caseload to 1.57M

5,735 new coronavirus infections push Philippines caseload to 1.57M

MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Thursday reported 5,735 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,572,287.

The Department of Health in its bulletin said one laboratory failed to submit testing results.

  • Active cases: 56,273 or 3.6% of the total

  • Recoveries: 4,069, pushing total to 1,488,437

  • Deaths: 176, bringing total to 27,577

GCQ stays despite calls for pre-emptive lockdown in Metro Manila

  • President Rodrigo Duterte last night announced that Metro Manila would remain under general community quarantine with heightened curbs until mid-August amid the threat of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

  • This, despite calls from the OCTA Research Group and Metro Manila mayors for a pre-emptive two-week lockdown to prevent the devastating surge in cases driven by the Delta variant seen in neighboring countries.

  • Another 97 cases of the highly infectious variant were detected by local health authorities today, bringing the country's caseload to 216.

  • Earlier this morning, the Philippines received another 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech.

  • The United Kingdom will donate 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines, boosting the country’s vaccination efforts as it races against coronavirus variants.

— Bella Perez-Rubio

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