Philippines' confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000 with highest-ever single-day spike in infections

The country's coronavirus death toll has also jumped by 20 to 2,059.
The country's coronavirus death toll has also jumped by 20 to 2,059.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MANILA (REUTERS) - The Philippines on Sunday (Aug 2) reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country's confirmed cases to 103,185.

In a bulletin, the Department of Health also said the South-east Asian country's coronavirus death toll had jumped by 20 to 2,059. 

President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to meet key Cabinet members on Sunday to discuss a call by medical frontliners' groups to put the capital Manila, which accounts for the bulk of infections, back under a stricter lockdown, his spokesman said.

The Philippines’ health department vowed on Sunday  to update its gameplan against Covid-19 within a week and sought to beef up the healthcare workforce in Manila, where medical frontliners are calling for reviving strict lockdowns. 

In the largest call yet from medical experts to contain the virus, 80 groups representing 80,000 doctors and a million nurses, on Saturday said the Philippines was losing the fight against the disease and warned of a collapse of the healthcare system from soaring infections without tighter controls.

In a statement issued following an unscheduled meeting late on Saturday of the government’s coronavirus task force to address the concerns of doctors and nurses, the Department of Health said it would come up with an updated Covid-19 strategy within seven days.

 It appealed to healthcare workers in the provinces and those returning from abroad to help beef up the frontline workforce in the capital, and sought help from universities and medical groups in hiring more doctors, nurses and other medical staff.