COVID-19 in the Philippines, September

Philippines // 24 September, 2020

At least 296,755 cases and 5,127 deaths.

Status: Outbreak

Overall, the most affected area is the National Capital Region, followed by Calabarzon. See the Government COVID-19 website and the Department of Health COVID-19 tracker with data on testing and hospital capacity.

24 September: New cases continue to be reported daily. The rolling average in new cases has increased by nearly 16% compared to two weeks ago. More than 2,000 cases per day have been reported since early August. There are currently 59,700 active cases in the country. The Philippines has one of the highest infection rates in the region.

17 September: Young adults aged 20-29 are the most affected age group now, followed by those aged 30-39. Testing is being increased, with the use of antigen tests which can provide results in around 15 minutes. This is expected to reduce the number of people who need to be isolated. WHO's latest COVID-19 Situation Report from 15 September WHO advises "At national level, the Philippines remains in Stage 2, localised community transmission with some geographic areas showing higher transmission intensity and indications of wide spread community transmission."

1 September: The outbreak is ongoing nationwide with the majority of cases centered around metropolitan Manila and the medical infrastructure remains overwhelmed. Media sources report that the government has permitted a gyms, salons and internet cafe to partially reopen in the capital, night curfews have also been reduced. Government officials have also implemented a 'mild' lockdown in the southern city of Iligan after a rise of COVID-19 infections.


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