Manila sees rise in COVID-19 infections, blames holiday season

The City of Manila is seeing an uptick of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) infections at the start of the year.

Latest data from the city government showed that there are 397 active cases out of 25,858 cases in the capital city as of Wednesday noon.

Of this figure, 24,685 have recovered while 776 have died.

On January 1, Manila only had 295 active cases out of 24,893 confirmed cases, according to data released by the city government.

Dr. Arnold Pangan, Manila Health Department (MHD) head, credited the rise in infections to the holiday season.

In the beginning of the year, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said they have not seen a surge in COVID-19 infections after the holidays but said they have yet to factor in data from the last week of December 2020.

Pangan also said none of the COVID-19 patients have physically attended the feast of the Black Nazarane, which some experts said may be a "superspreader" event.