The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Philippines hit more than 3,000 for the fourth straight day, fueling fears that the more contagious variants are active in the country.
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday recorded 3,356 Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 597,763, of which 39,330 are active cases. It also recorded 61 new recoveries and five deaths, bringing the total to 545,912 and 12,521, respectively.
As for the new variants, the DOH observed an increase for that or a total of 118 cases of which 60 were caused by the United Kingdom variant and 58 by the South African variant.
Last week, a research group monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines warned of a spike in virus cases in the Philippines, saying daily cases could possibly hit 5,000 to 6,000 by the end of March. It added that Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) can possibly account for the bulk of Covid-19 case increases.
“[B]ased on the current reproduction number, NCR is projected to have 2,000 new COVID-19 cases per day by March 21 and 3,000 new cases per day by March 31, while the country is projected to have 5,000 to 6,000 new cases per day by the end of March,” Octa Research said. SOVEREIGNPH