Over 7,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed; 137 new deaths recorded


Posted at Jun 13 2021 04:11 PM

MANILA - The Philippines confirmed 7,302 new cases of the COVID-19 on Sunday bringing the country’s total to 1,315,639. 

The Department of Health also reported 7,701 new recoveries, pushing the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the disease to 1,232,986. 

This means that the country has a total of 59,865 active cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday. 

One hundred thirty seven more deaths were reported from the illness, bringing COVID-19’s death toll in the Philippines to 22,788. 

The government has said that it wants to inoculate 58 million Filipinos by the end of the year, down from an initial 70 million target.

ABS-CBN News however has been tracking the number of vaccinations since March, and as of June 8, only 1,681,722 Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This means that the government has reached just 2.9 percent of the revised target after more than 3 months. 

Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila can be eased further as COVID-19 cases in the capital region decline, independent research group OCTA said Sunday.

The pandemic has already caused the Philippines to plunge into its worst economic contraction since World War 2, losing over P2 trillion in value in the 15 months since the virus started affecting the country.

The country’s first COVID-19 case was a 38-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China.

The first COVID-19 death outside of China, was also recorded in the Philippines last year. 

Worldwide, the novel coronavirus has infected over 175.6 million people and caused over 3.79 million deaths since it was first reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019 according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The United States remains the most badly affected country with over 33.4 million infections and over 599,000 deaths.

India has overtaken Brazil as the second most badly affected country, with 29.4 million infections. But in terms of deaths, Brazil has recorded more fatalities than India, with the South American country reporting over 486,000 COVID-19 deaths against India’s 370,000 fatalities. 


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