MANILA – Pandemic epicenter National Capital Region showed the way anew of new coronavirus cases on Monday, 25 May 2020, as reported by the Department of Health on its Bulletin No. 72 on the new pathogen.
The NCR accounted for 60% of total cases for the day or an equivalent of 171 individuals with confirmed COVID-19 infection even as Region 7 (Central Visayas) contributed 70 (25%) while other areas logged in 43 cases or 15% of the day’s count of 284.
Overall, the country now has 14,319 cases.
There were 74 more patients added to the registry of patients who recovered from clutches of the killer disease.
That number pushed the count to 3,323 survivors of the virus with the world on edge racing to find an antidote or a potent vaccine.
The DOH only recorded five (5) fatalities, bring the total to 873.
Send home 24k OFWs
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vowed to send home around 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in quarantine centers in Metro Manila within the week upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte.
A composite team from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will arrange the daily trips for 8,000 OFWs a day via the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and the NAIA Terminal.
The OFWs only need to present their quarantine passes from the Bureau of Quarantine or from the PCG’s negative list from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to qualify in the return program.
Starting Monday, bus trips to Bicol, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Central Luzon will be made available.
Also, flights to Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Bacolod, Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, and Zamboanga will be arranged for flights until Wednesday.
The program is provided by the President to ensure the safe return of OFWs to their families and loved ones amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Worldwide cases are now in the vicinity of 5,400,608 including 2,165,782 recoveries and deaths of 344,760.
Leading countries hardest-hit by the killer virus include:
- United States – 1,677,436 cases; 341,717 recoveries and 98,024 deaths
- Brazil – 365,213; 149,911; 22,746
- Russia – 344,481; 113,299; 3,541
- United Kingdom – 259,559; (no data on recoveries); 36,793
- Spain – 235,772; 150,376; 28,752
- Italy – 229,858; 140,479; 32,785
- Germany – 180,328; 161,875; 8,367
- Turkey – 156,827; 118,694; 4,340
- France – 144,921; 64,617; 28,367
- India – 138,845; 57,721; 4,021
- Iran – 135,701; 105,801; 7,417
- Peru – 119,959; 49,795; 3,456 (ia/SovereignPH.com)