As of today, the Philippines has approximately 362,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases; 312,000 number of recoveries; and 6,747 deaths.
The largest increase in new cases is from NCR. Half of them or 50% reported were from the National Capital Region, followed by CALABARZON (18%), Central Visayas (6.4%), and Central Luzon (5.5%). Out of the total cases reported in our country, 55% are male, with the most affected age group 20-29 years (27%) followed by 30-39 years (24%) while the total confirmed deaths, 60% are male, with the most affected age group aged over 70 (34.6%) followed by 60-69 years (27.6%). 47% of deaths were reported from NCR, followed by Central Visayas (19%), CALABARZON (11%), and Western Visayas (5%). The largest increase in new deaths is from NCR and Zamboanga. (reliefweb.int)
Almost eight months into the community quarantine, the government is now allowing more business activities regardless of increasing cases to revitalize the Philippine economy and save it from the danger zone. The age-based stay-at-home restrictions were eased from 21 to 60 into 15 to 65 years old; public transportation capacities were increased, and the one-seat apart rule was imposed instead of one meter; curfew hours may be shortened; malls can hold special activities to attract more shoppers, and the resumption of motorcycle taxi operations is also now being considered. Of course, with strict health and safety measures to avoid virus infections. (onenews.ph)
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Metro Manila could be downgraded to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). “Our R-naught rate (Reproductive rate or RO) is less than one percent. Before, it was very high. That means the number of persons who catch the virus from positive cases is now lower than one. Maybe we can achieve that (MGCQ classification),” he stated.
On the other hand, the Philippines is a participant in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization COVAX facility designed to guarantee rapid, fair, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. Experts are hopeful that a vaccine may be available for wide use some time during the first half of 2021. wanted the entire Filipino population inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine “without exception,” adding that his goal was for the government to shoulder the costs for the country’s 113 million population. President Rodrigo Duterte wanted the entire Filipino population inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine “without exception,” adding that his goal was for the government to shoulder the costs for the country’s 113 million population. This remains unlikely for now. In reality, the DOH said it lacked P10 billion of the P12.1 billion needed to vaccinate an initial priority population of 20 million Filipinos. (rappler.com)