Covid-19: Philippines extends curbs in the capital as cases rises

The capital's hospital beds are once again overcrowded, with the unvaccinated accounting for the most serious and dangerous cases

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Covid-19: Philippines extends curbs in the capital as cases rises
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Daily COVID-19 From January 16 to 31, there will be 19 outbreaks and the rate of confirmed cases has surpassed record highs in the Philippines. Travel constraints in the capital will be in place from January 16 to 31.

The extremely contagious Omicron variant is causing an increase in COVID-19 infections in the country, hampering commercial operations and government functions.

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced on Friday that Metro Manila, which contributes to a third of economic production, will stay on Alert Level 3. (Jan 14).

Cinemas, gyms, and other inner companies are constrained to 30% capacity, while outdoor eateries can function at half capacity.

As a response to the post-holiday rise in illnesses, companies in the capital have been restricted, airlines and banks have been hindered, and stock trading has been restricted.

The capital’s hospital beds are once again overcrowded, with the unvaccinated accounting for the most serious and dangerous cases.

On Thursday, the Philippines announced 34,021 new Covid-19 infections, the worst in a single day since the epidemic emerged in January 2020, taking the total number of known cases to 3,092,409.

The number of active cases, or people still combating the disease, has risen to 237,387, with a positive rate of 47.9%, according to the Department of Health.

The Department of Health made a point of saying that 82 more people died as a result of COVID-19 infections, increasing the total number of people killed in the country to 52,736, with seven laboratories refusing to submit data.

Due to excessive mobility, lack of adherence to health procedures, and the fast-spreading Omicron and Delta variants, infection rates reached new highs.

Hospitals in Metro Manila, the region with the most active and new cases, are overburdened with COVID-19 patients and staffing difficulties following the infection of numerous healthcare professionals who need isolation.

The government will dispatch military and police medical personnel to alleviate the staffing gap, according to Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega.

In comparison to when the Delta-fueled wave swept the country in September last year, Mr. Vega said the COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila is still quite controllable.

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