Philippines Covid cases hit record high :DoH

Manila, Jan 8 (UNI/Xinhua) The Philippines reported a record high of 26,458 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the total cases in the country to 2,936,875.

Saturday’s case count surpassed the 26,303 cases tallied on September 11, 2021, while the country was battling the third wave of infections.

Experts said suspected cases of Omicron are fueling surges in communities and further straining the hospitals’ capacity to cope with the continuing pandemic.

The DOH said 265 more people died from Covid-19 taking the toll to 52,135. Experts and health authorities warned cases will continue rising in the coming days.
“It will be very scary for the next few weeks,” molecular biologist Nicanor Austriaco of the OCTA Research Group said.

Manila is under alert level three on a scale of five on January 3-15 due to the threat posed by the Omicron . Starting Sunday, alert level 3 will also be imposed in more areas with a surge in infections.


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