By the SovereignPH.com Staff
MANILA – The caseload of novel coronavirus infections in the Philippines has surged to 18,638 on Monday (01 June 2020), a day when Metro Manila and other high-risk transitioned to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ).
Under GCQ business were allowed to reopen and workers to return to their jobs in an effort to revive the economy.
On Monday, the Department of Health reported 552 new cases, of which 119 were classified “fresh” or test results from the past three days and 433 were from “late” cases from the agency’s testing backlog.
Survivors of the killer disease increased to 3,979 after 70 more patients recovered.
On the other hand, fatalities rose to 960 after three fatalities were added to the registry.
Considered as the epicenter of the coronavirus and home to more than 12 million people, Metro Manila transitioned to GCQ after three months under enhanced community quarantine
Social distancing and other protocol to counter the spread of the disease are still strongly recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases for the people to observe as they return to work and reopen businesses.
Commuters have to deal with limited public transport but government agencies anticipated their predicament as such free rides on buses were deployed by the MMDA to help them get to their destinations.
In removing the world’s longest lockdowns, the DOH claimed it was the slower case and mortality doubling time and the critical care utilization rate that guided the decision of the government to take the shift.
Worldwide, the novel coronavirus pandemic has already impacted at least 6.1 million people and claimed the lives of over 367,000 individuals since the virus first emerged in China in December last year. (ia/SovereignPH.com)