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Philippines now the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases

The Philippines surpassed Indonesia as the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in SEA.

  • DOH stated that it’s because the country has more tests conducted that its neighboring country.
  • There are now more than 18.8 million people who have been infected with the virus across the globe. 

On August 6, the Philippines made a new record of having the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. With 119,460, it surpassed Indonesia’s tally of the virus infections.

Indonesia, which has more than twice the population of the Philippines, has 118,753 confirmed COVID-19 cases, on which 37,587 are still undergoing treatment. Singapore is the third with a cumulative total of 54, 555 cases.

The Philippines’ health department reported 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases, the 6th highest number of new cases reported in a single day. The majority of the additional cases are from the National Capital Region (2,041), followed by Laguna (222), Cebu province (221), Cavite (100), and Rizal (81).

The total number of recoveries is 66,837, while the death toll is 2,150.

The Department of Health (DOH) tried to justify the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases and said that it’s because the Philippines has more tests conducted. As of August 4, a press release said that 1,643,539 tests were already conducted in the country.

“This is significantly higher than Indonesia which has tested a total of around 908,000 as of August 4,” the DOH said.

Netizens reacted to the update, demanding the government to immediately take action against COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, 18.8 million people worldwide have been infected by the COVID-19 virus.

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