Local virus death toll tops 5k mark with 50 new tally
The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 1,635 additional COVID-19 cases, the lowest in about two weeks, but the number of deaths since the pandemic started rose to 5,049. The last time that new cases were lower than 2,000 was on Sept. 7. The DOH reported 450 new recoveries, bringing to 230,643 the number of patients that have recovered from the disease. There are 56,097 active cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 86.4 percent are mild, 9.2 percent asymptomatic, 1.3 percent are severe, and 3.1 percent are critical. Pesticide won’t work, Robredo says Vice President Leni Robredo chided President Rodrigo Duterte in a Facebook post, saying the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be solved by spraying pesticide over the country as the Chief Executive said. She said after watching the regular Monday press briefings, she could not help but conclude that it was not enough to say that there are enough hospital beds and funeral parlors, and that we all need to wait for a vaccine to arrive. She said there are other ways to address COVID-19, apart from wearing a face mask and waiting for a vaccine: suppressing the pandemic by means of medical and non-medical interventions; overcoming humanitarian emergencies like poverty, hunger, unemployment, and mental distress caused by the pandemic; restructuring public and private finances in the wake of the pandemic, and rebuilding the economy in an inclusive, resilient and sustainable way. Willie Casas and Rio N. Araja PCP warns against complacency An official of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) on Tuesday warned the public not to be complacent as doctors have observed an increase in severe cases of COVID-19.