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PH logs 2,651 COVID-19 cases, highest in over 4 months

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, February 26, reported 2,651 COVID-19 cases, bringing total infections in the country to 571, 327.

The number of cases reported is the highest since October 17, 2020, when the country logged 2,673. It is also the second consecutive day that the country recorded over 2,000 cases.

Meanwhile, coronavirus deaths continue to rise with 46 new deaths, raising the toll to 12,247. Recoveries grew by 561 to 524,582.

Of the total cases, 34,498 are active.

The rise in cases happened when health officials announced they were recommending the use of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers. (READ: Experts approve Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for health workers)

The arrival of Sinovac’s vaccine comes after the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted it emergency use authorization but with the recommendation that it not be used on health workers with high exposure to the disease. 

The Philippines is lagging behind regional neighbors in starting its COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Malacañang earlier announced that Sinovac’s CoronaVac was scheduled to arrive on Sunday, February 28, making it the first vaccine to arrive in the Philippines. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.

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