COVID lies in wait
Instance, many flocked recently to the Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach and other areas with eased lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila, where 13 million of the country’s 110 million population live. This dash to crowd-gathering places has prompted Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to warn against the possibility of a fresh wave of cases in the next few months, calling these as “super spreader events” which could raise the possibility of a surge in the next four to six months. There were 5,823 new cases Friday, bringing the total number of infected to 2.48 million in the Philippines. Nationwide, 58 percent of ICU beds, 45 percent of isolation beds, 43 percent of ward beds, and 42 percent of ventilators, were in use. In Metro Manila, 52 percent of ICU beds, 37 percent of isolation beds, 40 percent of ward beds, and 37 percent of ventilators, were in use. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire herself said the alert level for the National Capital Region could be lowered if the number of infections continues to decline.