PH sets new record for daily Covid cases at 10,016

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Daily cases for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the Philippines reached 10,016 on Monday, beating the previous record of 9,838 logged on Friday.

The number of active Covid-19 cases is now 115,495, threatening to overwhelm hospitals in areas with a concentration of cases.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the total Covid-19 case count is now 731,894 with 602,213 recoveries as 78 patients reportedly recovered also on Monday.  The death toll is at 13,186 with 16 new deaths.

The DOH added that 95.9 percent of active cases exhibited mild symptoms only while 2.4 percent were asymptomatic.  Furthermore, 0.7 percent of the patients have while another 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

 

As the Philippines recorded another record high for daily Covid-19 cases, the chief of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield said the public was “compliant” on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces on Monday.

Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag said ECQ in NCR Plus, which includes Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, was “generally peaceful” and “satisfactorily compliant.”

“The Philippine National Police is prepared because Chief PNP Debold Sinas has been meeting with regional directors and provincial directors,” Binag said in Filipino during the Laging Handa briefing on Monday.

Binag said they have 1,112 quarantine control points (QCPs) to make sure the NCR Plus bubble is secured.

“I made the rounds this morning. I observed the streets and QCPs. We saw what needs to be improved on and we will discuss these later,” he said.

He reiterated that non-authorized persons outside of residence must stay home while essential workers need to present identification in lieu of travel passes.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya also said the movement of goods through logistics services remains unrestricted.

“Industries like agriculture, forestry, fishery, logistic service providers, cargoes should not be impeded, especially food coming from provinces. The police have been reminded they must be allowed to pass through checkpoints,” Malaya said, also during the briefing.

He also called on homeowner’s associations not to ban the entry of deliveries to their subdivisions.

“There are subdivisions that ban deliveries so residents are forced to go out and buy from supermarkets or restaurants. It would be better if we resort to delivery services so we highly encourage our different homeowners associations not to impede the movement of food delivery,” he said.

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