Philippines reports record-high 26,303 COVID-19 cases

The Philippines on Saturday, September 11, recorded 26,303 COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day.

This is the highest daily increase since the pandemic began, quickly beating the record two days before, or 22,820 on September 9.

This brings the overall coronavirus cases in the Philippines to 2,206,021.Of this number, 185,706 are active cases.

The total overal death tally is 34, 978, with 79 new deaths on Saturday. Total recoveries are at 1,985,337.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday a positivity rate of 27.6% out of 75,688 tests in its bulletin.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday, September 10, that epicenter Metro Manila will likely be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting September 16, where a new system of granular lockdowns and alert levels will be piloted.

Metro Manila is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine, a notch higher than GCQ.

The all-time high COVID-19 cases come as the Philippines is dealing with the highly transmissible Delta variant that has crippled the healthcare systems of other Southeast Asian countries such as in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Doctors have earlier appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to consider implementing hard lockdowns due to the surge, but Philippine College of Physicians president Dr Maricar Limpin instead got a dressing down from Roque in a meltdown during an online meeting. The video, published by the Inquirer, has since gone viral.

Roque apologized for the "manner" of his outburst, but not the "message," insisting that they need to think of the lockdown's economic impacts on poorer families.

The Duterte government has been slammed for its pandemic response.

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