Philippines Records 15,310 COVID Cases

The Philippines has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 15,310 on Friday pushing the country’s total cases to 771,497, the health department said.

Health department Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire however clarified that the 3,709 of the cases reported Friday were “backlogs” from March 31, when the system “encountered some issues in uploading cases.”

“We have encountered some issues in uploading cases in the system last March 31. We have resolved this issue — and we no longer have backlogs,” she said.

“However, with this, around 3.7K cases that were supposed to be reported last March 31 will just be reported today as part of the total cases,” she added.

The Philippines will only have 11,61 new cases if the backlog was subtracted from the total count, however, it was still the highest record in terms of daily increase in cases.

The government tighten its restrictions on March 29, placed Metro Manila and four surrounding provinces on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 4.

The Philippines started its inoculation on March 1 and has so far vaccinated more than 738,000 people, most were healthcare workers.

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