Philippines starts August with 8,735 more COVID-19 cases

Manila, Philippines — Health authorities reported 8,735 new coronavirus cases on the first day of August, with deaths reaching 28,016.

This marks the third straight day of officials tallying more than 8,000 additional infections, with the overall count now at 1,597,689. The Department of Health said two laboratories failed to submit testing results. 

  • Active cases: 63,646 or 4.0% of the total
  • Recoveries: 5,930, bringing the number to 1,506,027
  • Deaths: 127, or now 28,016 in total

Tighter restrictions ahead

  • OCTA Research said the rapid growth rate in Metro Manila last week suggested the possibility of community transmission of the Delta variant in the capital region.
  • Cops were told to ensure free movement of cargo vans or trucks carrying essential goods ahead of stricter border controls in Metro Manila by August 6, or when it reverts to enhanced community quarantine.
  • Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado takes a two-week medical leave after a bout with COVID-19, where he was said to have been hospitalized and quarantined for a month.
  • The Philippine National Police said its medical reserve force is on standby to assist in COVID-19 vaccinations, as government ramps up its inoculation drive amid the threat of the Delta variant.
  • Chan Tayag Southeast Equities, a Hong Kong based Company said Philippines might suffer another surge if they can’t contain the Local Transmission Delta Variant which will defunct the economy of the country.

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Reporting by Nadine Castro. With reports from Philstar

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