By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported an additional 5,032 COVID-19 cases today, a record-high daily count, putting the country total tally to 103,185.
More than half the new cases were reported in the Metro Manila area (2,737) and hundreds of cases each in Cavite (463), Cebu (449), Laguna (326) and Rizal (201).
Half the country’s total cases have been reported in the past month and hospitals warn about reaching capacity.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 2,059 ater an additional 20 reported today.
Health officials say the second phase of the polio vaccination campaign in Central Luzon will commence Monday.
Locally known as “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio,” Round 1, Phase 2 of the campaign will be conducted until August 16 in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
DOH Regional Director Cessar Cassion appealed for the participation of the parents/caregivers, health workers, barangay officials, and local government units for the implementation of a quality campaign to successfully end the polio outbreak.
“Polio vaccines are the only way to protect your child from the paralyzing and deadly disease and to end the outbreak. The polio drops will be given in a safe manner to also protect you, your child, and health workers and volunteers from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” Cassion said in a statement.
The total number of polio cases in the country remains at 16. The Philippines is affected by both cVDPV1 and cVDPV2. cVDPV is considered a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
Currently, there are 13 cases of cVDPV2, one case with cVDPV1; one case with VDPV1; and one case with immunodeficiency related VDPV type 2 (iVDPV2).