Philippines logs over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for 3rd straight day

For the third consecutive day, more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Philippines, as the country's coronavirus caseload breached 594,000 on Sunday, March 7.

The Department of Health (DOH) logged 3,276 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines to 594,412.

New cases first hit 3,000 again on Friday, March 5. The following day, March 6, the number of new cases was the highest in almost 5 months or since October 2020.

On Sunday, the DOH reported 51 new deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 12,516.

Meanwhile, recoveries went up by 10,516, most of which are due to the DOH's weekly time-based tagging of mild and asymptomatic cases as recoveries. This raised the total number of recoveries to 545,853.

Of the total cases, 36,043 or 6.1% of all cases are active.

An Octa Research report released on Sunday said that "a surge is already underway" in Metro Manila.

"Unlike past surges experienced, the current surge has spread very quickly in a short period," Octa Research said.

The increase in new cases is happening amid the government's ongoing vaccination program for health workers. Vaccines by Sinovac and AstraZeneca have been delivered to the Philippines.

The government also secured a deal with US drugmaker Moderna for doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Philippine General Hospital took stricter measures after the South African variant of the virus was detected in a recent coronavirus case in the facility. ā€“ Rappler.com