Philippines Records Biggest Single-day Tally With 18,332 New COVID-19 Cases
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Mon 23rd August 2021 | 04:00 PM
MANILA, Aug. 23 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Aug, 2021 ) :The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 18,332 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, the biggest single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
The record caseload brought the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,857,646.
Vergeire said community transmission has been observed in these densely-populated regions "due to large numbers of Delta cases" in these areas with nearly 30 million people.
The DOH still needs more evidence to declare a Delta community transmission in the entire country. "Analysis of the latest sequencing results for the determination of community transmission is ongoing for other regions," she said.
Indeed, the Delta variant is fast spreading with the detection of an additional 466 such cases in the country. Limited sequencing capacity has detected 1,273 such cases so far.
The country also has 2,322 Alpha variant cases and 2,588 Beta variant cases. Most of the COVID-19 variant cases are locally transmitted.
"But it does not mean that we are out the woods yet. We need to be vigilant," Abalos told a televised press conference.