PH COVID-19 tally exceeds 202,000, with over 5,000 new cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — Less than a month after breaching the 100,000 mark, the Philippines’ coronavirus tally has surged past 202,000, according to the Department of Health.

The number of coronavirus-hit individuals in the country reached 202,361 on Wednesday, after health officials reported 5,277 new cases of the disease.

Eighty-two percent, or 4,350, of the newly-announced patients were diagnosed COVID-positive within the last 14 days, the DOH said.

Among the top five reporting areas in terms of new cases are Metro Manila with 3,157, Laguna with 403, Negros Occidental with 304, Rizal with 237, and Cavite with 228.

The special team tasked to bring down COVID-19 transmission in Cebu City is scheduled within the week to head to Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental, to help tame the recent spike of infections in the area.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier made an urgent appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to send an augmentation team of medical workers as an emergency measure before the city’s healthcare system “completely bogs down.”

READ: Gov't shifts focus on Bacolod amid appeal for COVID-19 assistance

Another 1,131 survivors were also listed by the DOH, with recoveries now at 133,460.

Meanwhile, the department confirmed 99 more COVID-19 fatalities, 77 of which occurred in August, while 22 in the months of May to July.

Most of the 99 deaths are from Metro Manila with 61, Calabarzon with 14, Central Luzon with 12, and Central Visayas with six. The other six were logged in other regions nationwide.

To date, 3,137 people in the country have died of the disease, based on DOH data.

The department noted that 65,764 or 32 percent of the national case count are active cases or currently ill patients.

According to the University of the Philippines OCTA Research team, the country may be able to flatten the coronavirus curve by next month, but a downward trend must be sustained for several months to manage the pandemic.

The same team projected that the country’s cases may hit over 200,000 by end-August despite a slower trend during the stricter quarantine period imposed in high-risk areas in the first half of the month.

Seven more Filipinos abroad also tested positive for the virus, while an additional 47 have recovered, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Its latest report showed there are currently 10,035 cases among overseas Filipinos, of which 6,076 are recoveries and 742 are deaths.

There are now over 23.9 million COVID-19 cases across the globe, including more than 819,000 deaths and 15.5 million recoveries, based on the Johns Hopkins University tracker.