By Analou De Vera
The Phillipines reported 457 new confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total number of infections to over 27,000.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that COVID-19 cases increased to 27,238 as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.
Of the new confirmed cases, 342 were “fresh” cases or results released within the last three days. Meanwhile, 115 were classified as “late” or from the DOH validation backlog.
The number of recovered patients also jumped to 6,820 after 268 more survivors were recorded.
The death toll also rose to 1,108 as five more patients succumbed to COVID-19, said Vergeire.
Based on the recent DOH COVID-19 situationer, there are now 60 laboratories that can conduct COVID-19 testing. The total number of individuals tested is at 484,181 as of June 15.
“Hanggang wala pa po tayong bakuna laban sa COVID, maging handa po tayo at ituloy ang mga nakasanayang health protocols katulad ng pagsusuot ng face mask, pag-o-observe ng physical distancing, madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay, at proper hygiene [Until we have the vaccine against COVID, let’s be prepared and follow the usual health protocols such as wearing a face mask, observing physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and proper hygiene],” said Vergeire in a televised press briefing.
“Ang mga gawain na ito ay simple lamang ngunit malaki po ang epekto sa pagpapabagal ng pagkalat ng virus kung lahat tayo ay magkaka-isa. [These interventions are simple but can have a big impact on slowing the spread of the virus if we are all united],” said Vergeire.