The country has once again witnessed more than 10,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in a single day after almost four months.
The Department of Health (DOH) said that 10,623 more people contracted COVID-19, pushing the country’s active cases to 74,297 on Friday, August 6.
The last time that the Philippines recorded more than 10,000 cases was on April 18 with 10,098 cases at that time.
With the newly detected cases, the Philippines’ cumulative count of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,638,345.
Meanwhile, data on the areas that logged the most number of new cases is not yet available. But, most cases detected on Thursday, August 5, were found in Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas.
Of the active cases, 94.8 percent have mild symptoms, 1.2 percent were asymptomatic, one percent were in critical condition, 1.8 percent were severe, and 1.18 percent were in moderate condition.
The recovery count also increased to 1,535,375, which is 93.7 percent of the overall case count, after 3,127 more patients managed to defeat the viral disease.
However, 247 more patients died. This figure pushed the COVID-19 death toll to 28,673 with the country’s case fatality rate at 1.75 percent.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire urged the public to participate in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, reiterating that the immunization drive will still continue even in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“In other countries overwhelmed with the new variants of concerns, the unvaccinated population drives the hospital utilization or death. To protect the population from severe, critical, and fatal forms of this disease, vaccination shall continue during this ECQ period,” said Vergeire in a press briefing on Friday.
“Strictly scheduling will be implemented to prevent large number of people going out and congregating. We are encouraging every eligible individual in our population to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines work to prevent severe disease and deaths,” she added.