PH logs 8,027 COVID cases as more vaccine doses arrive

The Philippines on Saturday logged 8,027 new cases of COVID-19—the highest number for the month and second-highest since NCR Plus shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine on May 15.

The new infections brought the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,308,352, the Department of Health said. The DOH also reported 145 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 22,652, while 8,940 patients recovered from the disease.

Active cases stood at 60,341, of which 90.7 percent were mild, 5percent were asymptomatic, 1.3 percent were critical, 1.7 percent were severe, and 1.24 percent were moderate.

Meanwhile, another shipment of Sputnik V vaccines arrived in ManilaFriday evening from Russia.

The latest shipment of 100,000 doses was immediately transferred to the designated cold storage facility of Pharmaserv Express in BarangaySan Roque in Marikina City.

The government will distribute the newly-arrived Sputnik V vaccines, which require 18 degrees Celsius storage temperature, to cities with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

“We are ready to deliver 20 million doses of Sputnik V according to the contracts that have been signed between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Government of the Philippines,” Russian ambassador to Manila Marat Pavlov said.

On Friday, the government allowed the reopening of gyms, fitness centers, and spas to operate at 20 percent limited capacity starting June 16 (Wednesday) in NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal).

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said aside from gyms and spas, venues for indoor non-contact sports such as skating rinks, and racket sports courts are also allowed to operate at a limited capacity, as long as they obtain a safety certification from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In addition, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has also allowed fully-vaccinated senior citizens aged 65 up, to venture outside of their homes but limited within the NCR Plus zone.

Topics: COVID-19 , NCR Plus , general community quarantine , Department of Health
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