Philippines reports 539 new COVID-19 cases, 15588 in total

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) said in a daily bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 3,598 after 92 more patients have survived the disease.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says schools will remain closed until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is ready. The capital accounts for most of the nation's coronavirus cases and deaths.

The Philippines' Manila region will soon start to emerge from one of the world's toughest and longest lockdowns - even as the country saw a record spike in daily infections Thursday.

Duterte, speaking during a late-night television address on Monday, said sending children to school without a vaccine "spells disaster".

The Department of Health yesterday reported 350 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines, bringing the national tally to 14,669.

This weekend, Manila's lockdown will surpass the 76-day quarantine of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first outbreak of the coronavirus was detected.

Health authorities have conducted almost 290,000 tests since January, equivalent to about 0.26% of the 107 million population.

"This is really a compromise - the need to reopen the economy and the need to contain the spread of COVID-19", Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said at a regular briefing.

President Rodrigo Duterte will announce a decision on Thursday whether to lift strict restrictions on commerce and movement to reduce damage to the economy, which is facing its deepest contraction in 34 years.

If approved, the more relaxed rules will be in place from June 1 to 15, and local officials can still place communities deemed as high risk under lockdown.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones highlighted they will utilize online resources, printed modules, and radio and television programs as the new learning platforms for students in lieu of face-to-face classes.

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