COVID-19 in Philippines nears 550,000 cases

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  • The Department of Health reported 1,345 coronavirus infections in the Philippines on Wednesday (February 10).

    This brings the country’s total infections to 541,560.

    The death toll rose to 11,401 after 114 more patients died.

    Recoveries increased by 276 to 499,971.

    There were 30,188 active cases in the Philippines, 88.2 percent of which were mild, 6.1 percent did not show symptoms, 2.6 percent were critical, 2.5 percent were severe and 0.6 percent were moderate.

    More than 7.7 million Filipinos have been tested for the coronavirus as of Feb. 8, according to DoH’s tracker website.

    The coronavirus has sickened about 107.4 million and killed almost 2.4 million people worldwide, according to the Worldometers website, citing various sources including data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

    About 79.4 million people have recovered, it said.

    The DOH also on February 10 said it still does not have a confirmed date for the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines and when inoculations may begin.

    “The COVAX Facility initially told us by 2nd or 3rd of February. Now this February 15 is an indicative date,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual briefing.

    The COVAX Facility is a global initiative, composed of groups including the World Health Organization, that aims for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

    “We still do not have the confirmed dates as to when are we going to start. Definitely, when the vaccine arrives, after 2 to 3 days we will start deployment already. We will start the vaccination already after it arrives,” Vergeire said.

    The country will get some 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility in the first quarter, including 117,000 doses of the Pfizer jabs, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said.

    The government has been preparing for the arrival of the vaccines to ensure that they are kept in good quality and in proper temperature levels while being transported to different storage facilities.



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