Highest increase ever: Philippines reports 7,103 new COVID-19 cases

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,103 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, March 19, the highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic in the same period last year.

    Philippines reports 7,103 COVID-19 cases
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    This raises the country's total infections to 648,066 with the active cases at 73,264 or 11.3% of the total.

    It surpassed the record of 6,861 single day increase of cases logged on August 10.

    Meanwhile, DOH said 13 died due to COVID-19 pushing the death toll to 12,900.

    Recoveries increased by 390 to 561,902.

    Ngayong 4 PM, Marso 19, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 7,103 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19....

    Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Friday, March 19, 2021

    The health department also posted positivity rate of 15% based on March 18, highest since April last year.

    The surge of infections came as the country rolled out vaccination program, prioritizing medical frontliners.

    — The Summit Express
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