Cases still high as Philippines logs 37,154 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday (Jan 16)


Residents receive Pfizer-BioNtech booster shots at a drive-thru Covid-19 vaccination site in Manila. The Covid-19 cases have surged to record highs this month in the South-East Asian country. - AFP

MANILA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua): The Philippines reported 37,154 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total tally to 3,205,396.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases soared to an all-time high of 287,856, and the coronavirus positivity rate rose to 47.4 per cent for testings nationwide.

The DOH said 50 more people died from Covid-19 complications, bringing the total death toll to 52,907. Twelve laboratories failed to submit data on Sunday.

The Covid-19 cases have surged to record highs this month in the South-East Asian country.

Authorities attributed the fourth wave of infections to high mobility, poor compliance with health protocols, and fast spreading of the Omicron and Delta variants of Covid-19.

The daily Covid-19 cases hit a record of 39,004 on Saturday in the country.

The Philippines, which has around 110 million population, has tested more than 24 million people for Covid-19 since the pandemic in the country. - Xinhua

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