By Teddy Cambosa

The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases, tallying at 7,103 new cases yesterday.

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It has already surpassed the COVID-19 spike count last August 14, 2020, where the country has tallied 6,134 cases.

According to the latest DOH bulletin, the new cases add up to the current 73,264 active cases in the country. Meanwhile, the latest bulletin shows that there were 13 new deaths yesterday, adding to the 12,900 total COVID-19 deaths in the country.

Around 93.9% of the new cases have mild symptoms, while 3.3% of the new cases are asymptomatic, and 1.0% and 1.1% of severe and critical cases respectively.

The Department of Health has recommended the public to stay at home if possible, and avoid going outdoors for non-vital activities.

According to Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, representative of the World Health Organization in the Philippines, the spike in cases in the country is proof that the virus itself is still relatively a new disease that researchers still need to understand about.

“I want to emphasize that the Philippines is not unique in the fact that we are seeing an increase in cases. It appears to be something that has been affecting many countries across the world,” he stated.

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.