ANKARA (Thomas) – The Philippines is now a red zone in the western Pacific when coronavirus cases reached more than 232,000 on Friday.
The Philippine Department of Health in a statement said 3,714 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the total to 232,072 cases. Meanwhile, at least 160,549 patients were registered as recovered, with 29 percent of the total cases being active cases. The capital, Metro Manila, is the epicenter of the coronavirus.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 increased to 3,737, including 49 new deaths. The Philippines has 113 laboratories to carry out tests for COVID-19 and has so far tested 2.7 million specimens since the pandemic began.
The island nation registered the lowest number of cases in a month on Thursday, with 1,987 cases.
In the autonomous region of Bangsamoro, in the south, eight new infections have been reported, bringing the total to 696 cases, according to a government statement. It was also reported that 477 patients with COVID-19 were declared cured, with 18 victims dying.
Globally, the number of deaths from COVID-19 has already exceeded 869,000, with more than 26.3 million people infected in 188 countries and regions since last December. More than half of all COVID-19 patients worldwide, more than 17.53 million, have defeated the coronavirus, according to data compiled by the United States’ Johns Hopkins University.
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Translator: Asri Mayang Sari
Publisher: Gusti Nur Cahya Aryani
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