The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines jumped to 112,593 Tuesday, August 4, as the Department of Health (DOH) reported a new single-day record-high of 6,352 new cases.
The DOH tallied 11 new fatalities due to the coronavirus disease, bringing the death toll to 2,115. Recoveries increased to 240, raising the total to 66,049.
The latest DOH data showed that almost half or 3,139 of the new reported cases were from Metro Manila. This too is also the highest single-day spike in the capital region.
Of the total confirmed cases, 44,429 were active cases.
The DOH said on Monday it was monitoring 887 clusters nationwide, 741 of which were found in communities. Of these clusters, 315 were in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The continued increase in cases comes as President Rodrigo Duterte reverted Metro Manila and nearby provinces to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) beginning Tuesday, August 4 until August 18.
Metro Manila was earlier placed under a general community quarantine (GCQ) that was supposed to last from August 1 to 15.
Researchers studying the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the country, estimated Friday, July 31, that even if the then prevailing GCQ restrictions would be implemented “strictly and effectively” infections nationwide may reach 150,000 cases by the end of August .
The President's decision to revert Metro Manila and nearby provinces to MECQ was prompted by the medical community’s call for a two-week timeout, which medical experts and government officials could use to refine pandemic strategies.
The medical community earlier made the plea after it warned the country’s health system was overwhelmed by the surge in cases and that the Philippines was losing its battle against the coronavirus.
The rise in cases strained hospitals in the capital region, where critical care capacity was at 78% – or in the "danger zone" – as of August 3. – Rappler.com