Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

MANILA – The National Capital Region claimed more than half of new cases of the coronavirus disease Sunday, keeping its unfortunate distinction as the most impacted region in the country of COVID-19.

Out of the 208 total cases reported by the Department of Health on Sunday, Metro Manila registered 174 new patient admissions of the virus even as Region 7 (Central Visayas) logged in but one (1) patient.

Other regions reported an aggregate of 33 new patients of the killer disease, that all but added up to PH’s overall count of cases to 12,513.

The steady stream of new COVID-19 patient admissions was somewhat countered by a similar flow of discharged, recovered patients who, at latest count arrived at 74 for a total of 2,635 recoveries.   

And if it was any consolation, the DOH announced a big dip in fatalities.

The agency only submitted a single-digit count of seven (7) new deaths Sunday for a total of 824.

Worldwide cases

Globally, the pandemic has already infected about 4,635,830 individuals including 311,821 deaths and 1,693,685 recoveries.

The United States is the most impacted country in the world with 1,497,244          cases; 89,420 deaths and 272,525 recoveries.

Right next is another superpower in Russia with 281,752 cases; 2,631 deaths and 67,373 recoveries followed by the United Kingdom: 240,161C; 34,466R;  No data on deaths; Brazil: 233,511C; 15,662D; 89,672R; Spain: 230,698; 27,563D; 146,446R; Italy: 224,760C; 31,763D; 122,810R.

Countries with hundred plus cases are: Germany: 176,244; Turkey: 148,067; France: 142,291: and Iran: 118,392.

The COVID-19 disease

According to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. (ia/

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