The Philippines reached a sad milestone when the Covid-19 caseload exceeded 2 million on Wednesday.
According to Xinhua news agency, the number of Covid-19-related cases in this Southeast Asian country jumped to 20,03,955 following the Department of Health (DOH), which reported 14,216 new daily infections Wednesday.
The death toll from coronavirus-related diseases in the department rose to 33,533.
“The relatively low number of cases today can be attributed to lower laboratory output on Monday,” said the DOH in a statement. Five laboratories also failed to submit data.
Monday’s spike in the Philippines was the largest single day since January 2020, when it reached 22,366.
According to the DOH, the high-contagious Delta variant of the virus will increase the country’s infection rate by causing more people to transmit it. Maria Rosario Vergeire, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that the DOH anticipates cases to peak in the middle of the month.
The Philippines has an estimated population of 110 million and has tested more than 17.5 million people.