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How many people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Philippines? How many have recovered, and how many have died? What is President Rodrigo Duterte doing about it?
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Metro Manila, 38 other areas to enter Alert Level 1 in March
Metro Manila, along with 38 other areas throughout the country, will see coronavirus restrictions downgraded to the loosest level on Tuesday, March 1, nearly two years after the pandemic shuttered the Philippines.
Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made the announcement on Sunday, February 27, saying the government’s coronavirus task force approved placing the capital region under Alert Level 1 from March 1 until March 15.
PH COVID-19 cases stay below 2,000 for a week straight
The total number of active cases, or those currently sick, stands at 55,140 – the lowest since January 6, when 56,561 were reported.
1,712 new cases on February 20
The Philippines now has 3,652,203 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,712 new cases on Sunday, February 20.
It’s the new lowest one-day tally for 2022 so far.
The DOH also reported 77 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 55,684. Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 3,686, raising the total to 3,535,987.
Of the total cases, 60,532 or 1.7% are active.