The Philippines had the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past day. Nevertheless, since Saturday, less severe epidemiological regulations have been in force there. The president of this country, Rodrigo Duterte, decided to loosen the restrictions for the benefit of the economy.
Philippine health workers, Al-Jazeera reported, fear the effects of the relaxation of anti-epidemic laws. Currently, 73 percent of places in intensive care units and 61 percent of seats in intensive care units are full across the country. other beds designed for COVID-19 patients.
The Philippines health ministry on Friday reported 17,231 new infections due to the coronavirus, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic. There were also 317 COVID-19-related deaths, the highest in four months.
Country hardest hit by the pandemic
The Philippines, where more than 1.8 million people have contracted the coronavirus in total, of whom 31,198 have died, are among the countries most affected by the pandemic in Asia. It was one of the first countries in the world to lockdown after an outbreak. It was there that the first fatal case of Covid-19 was recorded outside of China. The Philippines health ministry has called on citizens to undergo coronavirus testing and immunization against the virus. “Early consultation and testing would help reduce infections in homes, communities and workplaces,” the statement said.
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