- The COVID-19 confirmed cases in the Philippines have climbed up to over 50,000 on July 8
- The Department of Health reported 2,539 more infections, bringing the total cases to 50,359 in the country
- Among the new infections are 1,922 “fresh” or newly validated cases and 617 reported “late”
- An increase in the number of infections was also reported from closed settings, with the MRT reporting 202 cases
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The number of COVID-2019 reported cases in the country has reached the 50,000 mark on Wednesday, June 8.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 case bulletin, there were record-high 2,539 more infections – 1,922 “fresh” or newly validated and 617 reported “late” – bringing the total cases to 50,359.
The health department also reported 202 new patients recovered from the said disease, pushing the number of recoveries to 12,588.
The death toll, on the other hand, rose to 1,314 after five new fatalities were reported.
According to the DOH, 883 “fresh” COVID-19 cases are from Metro Manila, 369 are from Region VII, eight are repatriates, while the remaining 670 are spread out across the country.
The agency also said that “an increase in the number of cases were also reported from closed settings (MRT and a construction site), with the MRT reporting 202 cases.”
In a report by GMA News, the Philippines still has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases across Southeast Asia. Indonesia is on the top of the list with 68,079 infections while Singapore with 45,140 infections is in on the third.
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The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets.
The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal. However, the palace said Metro Manila could go back to "stricter" quarantine if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
A research group from the University of the Philippines recently claimed that the country may have over 100,000 COVID-19 cases by August.
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