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COVID-19 active cases in the Philippines reaches 165,715, tops active cases in Southeast Asia

Active cases have reached 124,680 on March 30, which is more than the neighboring country’s number at 122,326. It is the highest record of the Philippines since the start of the pandemic.

The Philippines now has the highest number of COVID-19 active cases in Southeast Asia, going past Indonesia’s record.

Active cases have reached 124,680 on March 30, which is more than the neighboring country’s number at 122,326. It is the highest record of the Philippines since the start of the pandemic.

After 4 days, with an average of more than 10,000 cases daily in the past week, DOH reported this afternoon (April 3) 12,576 new cases with 103 new deaths (13,423 total) and 599 new recoveries (604,905 total), more than 10,000 for the 2nd straight day. This brings the total to 784,043 cases with 165,715 active.

Netizens reacted to the record, slamming President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque for their past remarks.

Pia Magalona also tweeted against the Government’s COVID response, accusing them of not prioritizing the pandemic and “power-tripping.”

“Lahat nalang pwera itama ang sistema! I demand better,” Magalona wrote.

A Twitter user mentioned Indonesia’s population is much higher, yet active cases in the Philippines still topped the list.

Another also pointed out the population difference between the two countries.

Others used the hashtag #PinoyPride for the new record.

Someone quoted Roque’s previous statement saying that the President is “10 steps ahead” when it comes to the pandemic response.

Another expressed envy towards Vietnam, which has the least number of COVID cases in the region.

In March alone, [at least] 164,829 new COVID cases were reported.

On March 30, 9,296 cases were added to the previous figures, bringing the country’s total to 741,181. The Department of Health also reported five new COVID deaths, which bring the death toll to 13,191.


According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the government still has no plans of conducting mass testing despite the rapid surge of positive cases.

Written by J M

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