New all-time high: Philippines reports nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Philippines –
The country reported 7,999 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, March 20, a new all-time high daily record.

Philippines reports nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases
Photo Credit: Philippine News Agency

This raises the country's total infections to 656,056 with the active cases at 80,642 or 12.3% of the total.

It surpassed the record of 7,103 on Friday, March 19, 2021 and the 6,861 single day increase of cases logged on August 10, 2020.

Meanwhile, DOH said 30 died due to COVID-19 pushing the death toll to 12,930.

Recoveries increased by 597 to 562,484.

Ngayong 4 PM, Marso 20, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 7,999 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19....

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Saturday, March 20, 2021

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

Experts propose ‘hard GCQ’ or ‘soft MECQ’

UP OCTA Research Team has proposed the implementation of “hard general community quarantine” (hard GCQ) or a “soft modified enhanced community quarantine” (MECQ) in order to contain the current surge of COVID-19 infections in the country.

According to professor Ranjit Rye of the UP OCTA Research Team, following minimum health public standards will not be enough to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

READHard GCQ’ or ‘soft MECQ’: what's the difference?

— The Summit Express

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