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    Philippines nearly hits 1 million COVID-19 cases

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,162 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, April 25, bringing the total number of infections in the country to nearly hit 1 million.

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    Out of the 997,523 total COVID-19 cases, number of active cases is down to 77,075 after the 20,509 new recoveries reported today. Total recoveries rose to 903,665 (90.60%).

    NOTE: The Philippines will breach 1 million total cases on Monday, April 26.

    Meanwhile, DOH reported 109 new fatalities, bringing the COVID-19 related deaths to 16,783 (1.68%).

    The OCTA Research group said on April 5 that the Philippines may witness one million coronavirus cases before the end of April.

    "The one million total cases, that will be breached before the end of April based on projections that we're seeing," OCTA Research's Dr. Guido David said.

    Metro Manila and surrounding provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal now known as 'NCR Plus' were placed under enhanced community quarantine last March 29 until April 11 to slow down the rise in new COVID-19 cases.

    The quarantine restriction was downgraded to MECQ starting April 12 until the end of the month.

    The research group advised the government on Sunday to scale up testing capacity to at least 150,000. This is to further improve Metro Manila's reproduction rate and positivity rate, which are currently at 0.93 and 19 percent, respectively.

    The country is conducting an average of over 55,000 COVID-19 tests per day, according to testing czar Vince Dizon.

    Three weeks ago, the reproduction rate and positivity rate in the capital region was 1.6 and 25%, respectively. The ideal positivity rate is 5 percent as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

    Experts added the need to sustain below 1 reproduction rate for several weeks before easing the community quarantine level of NCR Plus.

    — The Summit Express

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