The Department of Health (DoH) reported nearly 5,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
Based on the latest bulletin, the total number of cases in the Philippines is now 98,232 as 4,963 new infections have been recorded.
The country now ranks first in the list of countries in the Western Pacific region with the highest number of cases, according to the World Health Organization situational report.
Behind the Philippines is China with 87,956 cases as of July 31st. COVID-19 was first discovered in China in December last year.
DoH also noted that COVID-19-related deaths rose to 2,039 as there were 17 additional deaths. Ninety-three patients recovered, bringing total recoveries to 65,265.
Various medical associations in the country called on the government on Saturday to put the National Capital Region back in the extended community quarantine (ECQ), noting that healthcare workers are already tired amid the growing number of cases.
DoH said it accepts the sacrifices and challenges of our healthcare workers we have worked with since the beginning of this pandemic.
We support the call of our leaders to ensure the proper implementation of quarantines in the community to ensure the protection of our health workers, but while the government is taking the necessary actions to address the situation, we emphasize that it is also the duty of every citizen to ensure that the system our health is not overloaded, said DoH.
Make sure DoH is leading the way in working with other agencies to support HCW (health care workers) and our situation during this situation, she added.
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