Philippines Surpasses 200,000 Coronavirus Cases in "Losing Battle"

The lives of 99 people were claimed by the deadly virus today, while at least 5,000 more have been infected.

Government workers uses a water cannon to disinfect the streets of San Fernando City in Pampanga. Philippine Information Agency
The Subic Bay Times
August 26, 2020

As the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and large-scale economic issues, the Philippines eases lockdown restrictions that caused more Covid-19 cases, resulting in the death of at least 3,100 people. The Philippines, today, surged past 200,000 Covid-19 cases. A significant 100,000 additional cases in less than a single month after the country surpassed 100,000 cases on August 2. The Philippine health ministry announced on Wednesday an additional 5,277 new cases in which more than 4,000 of those cases were people infected in the last 14 days. Moreover, 99 new deaths were reported, and the fatality rate went from yesterday's 1.5% to 1.6% today. Among the 200,000 cases, at least 700 people are in critical condition, occupying 52% of the country's Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) beds. While some of them are having severe or mild symptoms. The rest are asymptomatic and in home-quarantine and after 14 days, they will be "considered" as recovered patients. According to health experts in the Philippines, the rising cases became more worrisome that even a two-week strict lockdown can no longer be implemented by the government. From August 25, the total new confirmed cases in the last seven (7) days was at least 25,000. That day, it was sadly reported that the virus took the lives of at least 10 more people, which brings up the total number of deaths to 3,038. Despite being downplayed in terms of low mortality rate, the deaths have increased for the past few weeks due to the soaring caseload within the country. On the second day of February, this year, it would be remembered that the Philippines also had the first Covid-19-related death outside China, the epicenter of the virus. During that day, which is still among those pre-pandemic days, the Coronavirus disease that continues to wreak havoc worldwide was still called "2019-nCov" or 2019 new or novel coronavirus. Agencies around the world warned that countries will experience a "steeper" spike in the number of virus cases, due to relaxed lockdown restrictions. Experts from University of the Philippines projected that virus infections will spike to 250,000 by the end of August after the government loosened quarantine restrictions in favor of the economy.


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