Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

MANILA (Second UPDATE) – In what could be the biggest single-day positive cases yet for the country on coronavirus, the Department of Health reported Monday a record number of 82 COVID-19 infections.

The DOH reported on its Bulletin #009 the new 82 new cases (PH380-PH462) of COVID-19 that brought the total number of cases in the country now at 462.

The health agency also reported eight additional deaths which brought the overall total to 33.

Only one new recovery was reported.

Over the weekend, PH saw the most number of reported COVID-19 cases of 150 with 77 confirmed cases on Saturday and 73 on Sunday, but Monday’s record of 83 confirmed infections remain as the biggest single-day incident to date.

Luzon island is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), with classes and work suspended, public transport cut off, and social movements limited save for health workers at the frontline of the battle against the pandemic.

A window for people to buy food and other necessities has also been scheduled from 8-10 a.m. in the morning and from 3-5 p.m. in the afternoon.

Curfew is also in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Worldwide, the virus has already killed more than 13,000 people and infected over 300,000 globally with the epicenter now in Italy, Europe after shifting from China where the illness first emerged late last year.

The World Health Organization said there are 294,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide.

Of that number, around 13,000 have died.

A more updated Johns Hopkins University dashboard records 339,000 cases and 14,700 fatalities. (iamigo/

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