During the first wave of Covid-19 that began in early April 2020, the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country was only 316. Since June 2020, cases began to increase steadily leading to the peak of the second wave with 4,300 cases by the end of August 2020.
At the peak of the third wave, the Philippines recorded 11,000 Covid-19 cases in mid-April 2021. Currently, the 4th wave of Covid-19 in the Philippines shows no sign of stopping.
In the past 24 hours, the Philippines recorded a record increase in Covid-19 cases with 22,820 cases, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases nationwide to 2.1 million, including 34,000 deaths.
The Philippine Department of Health reported a positive rate of 29.4% of the 74,706 Covid-19 test samples, meaning 1 in 4 people tested had Covid-19. This is also the highest rate of this country since the beginning of the epidemic season, many times higher than the standard set by the World Health Organization of 5%.
However, with the attack of the Delta variant, experts say this is the most serious outbreak in the Philippines since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently, the Philippines is the country with the second highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia after Malaysia.
On September 6, the Philippine Department of Health confirmed that the Delta variant has been officially detected in all regions across the country. The Philippines currently has 2,068 cases of the Delta variant, but there are concerns that the actual number could be much higher, as the Philippine Genome Sequencing Center has only sequenced a small percentage of positive cases. This is a variant that has the potential to spread rapidly, crippling healthcare systems in many countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. At the epicenter of the outbreak in Metro Manila, several hospitals have declared out of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients.
Currently, the Philippines is maintaining a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) system in Metro Manila until September 15, delaying the planned transition of the capital area to a system. new blockade. The country is also making efforts to promote Covid-19 vaccination. More than 15 million Filipinos have completed their vaccinations, while 20.8 million have received their first dose. The Philippines aims to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of this year to achieve herd immunity.