By Ismael Amigo
MANILA – The Department of Health chalked up Tuesday (23 June 2020) a record-high 1,150 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and the country’s tally jumped to 31,825.
The 1,150 number was the highest single-day count of the latest cases, beating last May 29’s tally of 1,046.
Out of the day’s number, 789 were recorded “fresh” or those patients whose test results were released within the last three days under DOH’s Covid-Kaya platform.
Late cases, or results released after four days and beyond, were registered at 361.
Nine more people succumbed to the killer virus and the country’s total death count now stands at 1,186.
As it is, the number of recoveries stayed high at 299 Tuesday, pushing the list of survivors to 8,442.
It was the 13th consecutive day that the number of daily recoveries hit over 200.
With less restrictive coronavirus lockdowns placed until June 30 except for Cebu City cases are expected to spike some more in the next few days health observers aver.
Jeepney, UV Express operators, drivers appeal to DOTr
Meanwhile, operators and drivers of UV Express vehicles and conventional jeepneys on Tuesday made an appeal to transport authorities saying their fleets are more than ready to resume operations as they also need work “to live” amid the pandemic.
“We are so disappointed that we cannot resume operations despite the fact that we are very much ready to observe the protocols set by the government,” Rosalino Marable, president of Coalition of Operators and Drivers of UV Express Atbp. (Codex), said.
Marable added that Codex members are raring to go back to work because “they are already crying out of hunger. They want to go back to driving because they were piling up debts for three months.”
As this developed, transport group Piston also said hundreds of thousands of commuters in the streets would need conventional jeepneys to get to their places.
The Department of the Transportation (DOTr) on Monday announced that old and traditional jeepneys may no longer be allowed to ply their routes if the current mode of transportation of modern jeepneys can already take the daily load of commuters of Metro Manila.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that, according to unconfirmed reports, originated in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.
The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.
The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
Coronavirus is one in a family of viruses whose surfaces have a crown-like appearance or corona.
Hence, the viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces.
Worldwide cases of the virus have already reached a staggering number of 9,062,837 including 4,494,198 recoveries and 470,716 deaths.
Hardest hit countries are the following:
- United States 2,355,680 cases; 733,094 recoveries; 122,132 deaths
- Brazil – 1,111,348; 579,226; 51,407
- Russia – 592,280; 344,416; 8,206
- India – 440,215; 248,189; 14,011
- United Kingdom – 305,289; No data; 42,647
- Peru – 257,447; 145,320; 8,223
- Chile – 246,963; No data; 4,502
- Spain – 246,504; 150,376; 28,324
- Italy – 238,720; 183,426; 34,657
- Iran – 207,525; 166,427; 9,742
- Germany – 192,119; 175,295; 8,969
- Turkey – 188,897; 161,533; 4,974
- Mexico – 185,122; 140,118; 22,584
- Pakistan – 181,088; 71,458; 3,590
- Saudi Arabia – 161,005; 105,175; 1,307
- France – 160,750; 74,612; 29,663
- Bangladesh – 115,786; 46,755; 1,502
- Canada – 101,637; 64,334; 8,436
- South Africa – 101,590; 53,444; 1,991