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Philippines coronavirus caseload rises to 559,288 with 2,240 new infections

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(Philstar.com) – February 20, 2021 – 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — (Up to date 4:20 p.m.) One other 2,240 folks contracted coronavirus within the Philippines, the Division of Well being mentioned Saturday, pushing the nationwide caseload previous 559,000.

DOH additionally recorded 239 new fatalities, the very best variety of new entries in months, bringing the dying toll to a grim 12,068.

Of the entire 559,288 confirmed circumstances, 34,100 or 6.1% are marked by the DOH as energetic. 

Recoveries rose to 513,120 after 504 extra folks have been reported to have beat the respiratory illness. 

What’s new as we speak?

  • Saturday’s deaths are the very best recorded since Sept. 14, 2020, when the DOH reported 259 new fatalities. On Friday, the company reported 159 new deaths.
  • DOH on Saturday sought to quell fears over two “mutations of concern” detected in Central Visayas, saying that it’s nonetheless conducting additional research. 
  • Thousands have been evacuated in Caraga as Tropical Storm Auring (worldwide title: Dujuan) inches nearer to land.
  • Catastrophe danger discount consultants, senators and the DOH final 12 months warned that evacuation facilities might act as “tremendous spreader” venues for COVID-19 given the problem they pose to the enforcement of social distancing and minimal well being requirements. 
  • Deaths among Filipinos abroad breached 1,000 after the Division of International Affairs on Friday added 11 new entries, bringing the dying toll to a grim 1,009. 

READ: Experts urge more gov’t funding for evacuation centers to prevent casualties, COVID-19 spread

— Bella Perez-Rubio with studies from Xave Gregorio 

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