By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,200 new COVID-19 infections today, raising the country’s total infections to 74,390.

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The bulk of the new cases continues to be from the National Capital Region (1,546), followed by Cebu (246) and Laguna (83).

28 deaths were also reported, bringing the tally to 1,871.

One of the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the reporting of tuberculosis cases in the Philippines.

From January to March this year, the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) of the DOH recorded a total of 88,662 new and relapse TB cases, declining steeply by almost 20% between February (30,728) and March (24,782).

“We see this as a direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on a critical disease prevention and control program like TB,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III. “The quarantine has extremely affected and limited the health seeking behaviors of our fellow Filipinos,” he added.

According to Duque, unlike other health programs, having fewer cases is not an indicator of success for the TB program. “Our goal for our TB program is to find and treat as many TB cases as possible. Only by finding and treating these cases can we limit its spread and achieve our dream of a TB-free Philippines.”

Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases has topped 15 million, including 630,000 deaths.

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