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Philippines records 5,389 new COVID-19 cases, 118 more deaths

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,389 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,327,431.

The death toll climbed to 22,963 after 118 more patients died from the viral disease according to the DOH.

The Philippines, with a population of over 110 million, has tested more than 13 million people since the January 2020 epidemic.

The decline in the number of new cases in the country has “stopped and a trend of leveling off continues,” Alethea De Guzman of the DOH Office of Epidemiology told an online briefing.

The number of new cases in Metro Manila and surrounding areas shows a “very slow decline,” De Guzman said.

He further said the Visayan region in central Philippines “is now experiencing the largest increase in cases exceeding the number of cases in Metro Manila and adjacent areas.

She warned that the current downtrend “remains fragile” and that the trends “can go one way or the other.

Lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila and neighboring areas will remain until June 30, banning large gatherings and urging people to stay at home.

Since mid-March 2020, the country has been subject to various lockdown restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has gradually eased quarantine restrictions and is accelerating the rollout of vaccination to help the economy recover from the pandemic.

“The main difference between quarantine 2020 and this year is that we have not closed 75% of the economy,” Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said on Tuesday at a forum.

Chua expressed optimism about the country’s economic potential as the government recalibrates its risk management strategy.

(NAN)

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