1,196 new cases, 564 new recoveries reported; DOH urges restraint in Christmas celebration

Published December 23, 2020, 4:24 PM

by Analou de Vera

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines grew to 464,004 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,196 new infections on Wednesday. 

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

There were 564 new survivors which brought the nationwide recovery count to 429,972. However, 27 new fatalities were reported, pushing the death toll to 9,048. 

Quezon City logged the highest number of new cases with 123 followed by Rizal with 84, City of Manila with 74, Davao City with 54, and Batangas with 49. 

The number of active cases stood at 24,984, wherein 81.8 percent have mild symptoms, 9.5 percent are asymptomatic, 5.5 percent are in critical condition, 2.9 percent are severe, and 0.32 percent are moderate. 

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III renewed his call to the public to follow the minimum public health standards during this holiday season to avoid the surge in COVID-19 cases. 

“Isang paki-usap lang po sa lahat, sundin natin ang minimum health standards at mga quarantine protocols na ipinapatupad. Maaari pa rin tayong magdiwang, hindi nga lang sa paraang ating nakasanayan [Just an appeal to everyone, let’s follow the minimum health standards and quarantine protocols. We can still celebrate (the holidays) but not just the way we are used to],” he said. 

“We have to consciously observe these protocols. Public action complementing the government policies and responses is crucial in mitigating this surge,” he added. 

 
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