The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tally in the Philippines increased to 143,749 after the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 4,444 new cases, a few days before the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces is set to expire. 

“Of the 4,444 reported cases today, 3,294 (74%) cases occurred within the recent 14 days (July 30-August 12, 2020). The top regions with cases from the recent two weeks were from NCR (1,855 or 57%), Region 4A (580 or 18%), and Region 3 (190 or 6%),” the DOH said.

The top five areas in the country with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases were Metro Manila with 2,618; Laguna with 233; Cavite with 227; Rizal with 174; and Bulacan with 129.

Currently, there are 72,348 active cases undergoing medical treatment or quarantine: 91.3 percent are mild, 7.3 percent are asymptomatic, 0.6 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The Philippines is still on top for most number of Covid-19 cases and active cases in Southeast Asia, followed by Indonesia with 130,718 total cases and 39,017 active cases.

Total recoveries spiked to 68,997 after the DOH confirmed 636 more patients winning the fight against Covid-19.

Death toll, on the other hand, is up to 2,404 with 93 new fatalities reported. RJ Espartinez