Philippines: Pandemic continues to soar - 12,674 new Covid-19 cases as total soars to 853,209; earthquake rattles southern country


Health workers assess a patient outside the emergency room at the Adventist Medical Center, where a sign indicating that the hospital's coronavirus disease facility is at full capacity is displayed, in Pasay, Philippines,on April 9, 2021. - Reuters

MANILA, April 10 (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday 12,674 new COovid-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 853,209.

The death toll climbed to 14,744 after 225 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The DOH said the number of active cases also ballooned to 190,245.

The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested nearly 10 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

On March 29, the government placed Metro Manila and its four adjacent provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal under hard lockdown to suppress the surging virus transmission.

The strictest quarantine level will end on Sunday. The government will decide by Sunday morning whether to prolong or ease the two-week stringent lockdown measures after Sunday.

The Philippines reported 15,310 new Covid-19 infections on April 2, the highest ever daily tally since the highly infectious disease emerged in the country.

Meanwhike,

An offshore earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake, which struck at 5:30 p.m. local time, hit at a depth of 314 km, about 148 kilometers southwest to Sarangani town, said Phivolcs, explaining the quake was tectonic in origin.

The quake will trigger aftershocks but will not cause damage, said Phivolcs.

The tremor was also felt in Alabel town in Sarangani province as well as in the Mindanao region.

The Philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire. - Xinhua
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