FOR the fourth consecutive day, the Philippines broke its daily tally record with 5,032 additional cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the country’s total caseload past the 100,000 mark.
New infections in Metro Manila exceeded 2,000 per day for the third straight day.
In its case bulletin as of 4 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) said total cases surged to 103,185, of which 35,569 were active.
DOH also reported 301 additional recoveries, bringing the total to 65,557.
Twenty more people had died from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), raising the death toll to 2,059.
Metro Manila, or National Capital Region (NCR), continued to account for more than half of the new cases, with 2,737 reported Sunday.
Provinces with the highest number of new cases were: Cavite with 463; Cebu, 449; Laguna, 326; and Rizal, 201.
Of the 20 additional mortalities Sunday, 15 were from Central Visayas, four from NCR and one from Calabarzon.
Fourteen deaths occurred in July, three in June and three in May.
Infections in Metro Manila have surged in the past four days.
Prior to the 2,737 new cases on Sunday, DOH case bulletins showed 2,267 new cases on July 31, 2,667 on August 1, and 1,703 on July 30.
As a result, the country’s daily tally of new infections has also surged: 5,032 on August 2, 4,963 on August 1, 4,063 on July 31, and 3,954 on July 30.
President Rodrigo Duterte is meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to discuss the appeal of the Philippine College of Physicians, backed by more than 80 medical societies, for a timeout.
The medical community is calling on the government to place Metro Manila again under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which means suspension of public transport systems and shutdown of business establishments except those engaged in essential goods and services. Everyone, except essential personnel and authorized persons, would be forced to stay home. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)