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The Philippines Now Has Over 500,000 COVID-19 Cases. What Does This Mean?

It's been a year since case number one.
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The Philippines breached the 500,000 COVID-19 cases milestone after confirming 1,895 infections on Sunday, roughly one year since the first confirmed case and as authorities moved to secure vaccines for its 100 million population.

Of the total, 24,691 or 4.9% are active cases while a total 465,991 or 93.1% recovered, the Department of Health said. The death toll stood at 9,895 or 1.98% of the total cases.

On Sunday alone, the DOH said 5,868 recovered and 11 died.

The global death toll has reached two million, the U.S. being the hardest-hit with 393,000 reported deaths.

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It's been 10 months of quarantine and counting.

Metro Manila is under GCQ until the end of the month while most of the country is under MGCQ. It's the two lowest form of restrictions under a four-tier system. It will be reviewed and revised by the end of January.

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The country is on alert over a new COVID-19 variant.

Last week, the Philippines detected its first case of the new COVID-19 variant which originated from the UK. This resulted in a ban on arrivals from similarly affected countries until the end of January.

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The Philippines is building its vaccine supply.

Malacanang and the country's top businessmen have ordered millions of vaccine doses for the population. The jabs could arrive as early as February. Local government units also signed deals to procure jabs for their constituents. See if your city is on the list.

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There's also the threat of a surge in infections.

The country could see more cases as people congregated during the Christmas holdays and the Jan. 9 Black Nazarene feast in Quiapo, Manila. Authorities are also watching weekend commemorations of the Sto. Nino feast in Manila and Cebu.

This story originally appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.

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