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    Philippines breaches 1 MILLION COVID-19 cases

    MANILA, Philippines – The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 1 MILLION mark on Monday, after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 8,929 new cases.
    Philippines breaches 1 MILLION COVID-19 cases

    In its update on Monday, April 26, the DOH said the total cases in the country is now at 1,006,428. Of the figure, 74,623 remain active.

    The health department added that there are also 11,333 new recoveries, bringing the total of those who have recovered from the disease to 914,952.

    The death toll, meanwhile, stands at 16,853 after the country logged 70 new fatalities.

    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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