Funeral workers wearing personal protective equipment carry the remains of a person to Baesa crematorium in Quezon City on April 15, 2021. The crematorium caters to indigents from Quezon City, patients who died from COVID-19 and persons under investigation or persons who died from respiratory complications. (The STAR/Michael Varcas)
MANILA, Philippines — (Updated 4:16 p.m.) The Philippines on Friday recorded 10,726 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 914,971.
- Active cases: 193,476 or 21.1% of the total
- Recoveries: 650, pushing total to 707,757
- Deaths: 145, bringing total to 15,738
What’s new today?
- Today saw the highest ever recorded number of active coronavirus cases — breaking the previous all-time high of 190,245 just six days after it was set.
- There are now enough COVID-19 patients in the country to fill the Philippine arena — the largest indoor arena in the world — thrice over.
- This is also the second day in a row that the Philippines recorded over 10,000 cases, a streak that the OCTA Research Group previously warned would lead to some 200 deaths daily.
- The Philippines has extended its ban on the entry of most foreign nationals until the end of the month.
- The government’s pandemic task force approved the list of sectors included in the fourth priority group or A4—economic frontliners in essential services—for COVID-19 vaccination. The list now includes frontliners in the private and government news media, frontline personnel in basic education, and other government workers.
- Litigant lawyers have also been added to the A4 category, according to Malacañang.
- Opening windows and ventilating spaces should be at the heart of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a group of experts said Thursday, arguing that confusion over airborne transmission meant this simple measure was being overlooked.
- Health officials said more evidence is needed to determine if a third COVID-19 vaccine dose is necessary to protect people against COVID-19.
- Local regulators approved another private hospital’s application for the “compassionate use” of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
- Interior Secretary Eduardo Año returned to work after a three-month absence to fully recover from COVID-19.
— Bella Perez-Rubio with a report from Xave Gregorio
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