NCR experiences serious surge in cases as the month of July ends

By Ana Rufa Padua

The National Capital Region encountered a rough end for the month as 1,740 new COVID-19 cases were reported on July 31, 2021, increasing the occupancy of hospital beds and Intensive Care Units (ICU) in the region.

Over the course of July, Delta variant cases continued to increase, 97 more cases were reported on July 29– 32 of which came from Central Visayas, tallying the total cases of the said variant to 216.

According to health experts, there could be more undetected cases due to the slow pace of the slow pacing of the country’s genome sequencing.

As a “response” to the increase in cases, the President recently approved Enhanced Community Quarantine in NCR from August 6 to August 20, the Philippines also extended the ban on travellers from 10 countries—Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates—until August 15, 2021. 

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 also assured steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines for the next six months as the government secured 164 million doses; nearly 28 million doses have already arrived in the country as of July 23.

A total of 7,835,715 or 7.2% of the Philippine population were fully vaccinated by the month of July, leaving the government with 62,164,285 people and five months in order to reach their target of fully immunizing 70 million people before the year ends.

A million and a half doses of Sinovac arrived from China last July 29, and another million were expected to arrive the following day. 

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. also mentioned that 2.5 million doses of locally procured Sinovac vaccines and 415,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines donated by the United Kingdom government were set to arrive the same week. 

The United States is also set to send three million doses of Moderna vaccine to the Philippines, according to the White House on July 30. 

With the recent surge in cases, Duterte has ordered village chiefs to prevent those in their communities who refuse to be vaccinated from leaving their houses.

As of July 30, 2021, there are a total of 1,580,824 COVID-19 cases in the country,  with 61,920 active cases and 27,722 deaths.

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