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10,098 new COVID-19 cases as ‘NCR Plus’ marks first week of MECQ

10,098 new COVID-19 cases as 'NCR Plus' marks first week of MECQ

MANILA, Philippines — Health authorities on Sunday logged 10,098 fresh COVID-19 cases, a week after the ‘NCR Plus’ bubble shifted to a less stricter quarantine status.

Today’s development pushed the overall count to 936,133. Active cases also went down by 62,621.

    • Active cases: 141,089 or 15.1% of the total
    • Recoveries: 72,607, bringing the number to 779,084
    • Deaths: 150, or now 15,960 in total

What’s new today?

    • Last week, or from April 12 to 17, the country reported 71,425 additional COVID-19 cases. The significant increases could see OCTA Research’s projection of a million total infections by end-April earlier than expected.
    • More cases from COVID-19 variants were detected: that’s 266 new from the B.1.1.7 (United Kingdom), 351 from the B.1.351 (South Africa) and 25 from P.3 (Philippines). Metro Manila accounted for 354 new infections, the highest in nine regions.
    • Vice President Leni Robredo likened the Duterte administration’s pandemic response to a “broken record,” adding officials’ statements seem far from the situation on the ground. 
    • St. Luke’s Medical Center said it reached full capacity anew for COVID-19 patients in its Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City hospitals.

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