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Philippines’ COVID-19 tally now over 220,000

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — Coronavirus cases in the country reached 220,819 on Monday, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on the new quarantine classifications for areas nationwide.

In its latest case report, the Department of Health reported 3,446 new infections, of which 86 percent or 2,965, were detected in the last 14 days.

Of the newly added cases, 1,900 or 55 percent are from Metro Manila.

All 17 mayors of the country’s capital region have recommended an extension of the general community quarantine status in the area, while vowing to continue improving the critical care capacity and enforcement of minimum health standards.

Next to Metro Manila with the highest daily increase is Laguna with 163 more cases, followed by Cavite with 161, Leyte with 155, and Pampanga with 116.

The DOH added that 165 more patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the tally of survivors to 157,562.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll is also now at 3,558, with 38 new deaths confirmed by the department. The new figures are down from around a hundred new fatalities recorded daily over the past five days.

Active COVID-19 cases or currently ill patients in the country stands at 59,699.

The President was expected to announce on Monday his decision on the post-August 31 community quarantine status of areas nationwide.