Philippines Leads Southeast Asia’s Biggest Covid-19 Cases Jump

Heavy traffic is pictured along Marcos Highway, as motorists queue for a checkpoint on the first day of the Philippine capital's reimplementation of a stricter lockdown to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines, August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez


The Philippines reported 6,352 new COVID-19 infection cases on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, marking the biggest Covid-19 case jump in Southeast Asia.

Tuesday’s figures represent the Philippines’ fifth record rise in the past six days and takes the country’s approximate tally of cases to 112,593. COVID-19 deaths rose by 11 to 2,115. The measures were reintroduced on Tuesday after the country’s infection cases of Covid-19 jumped and a coalition of health groups issued a “distress signal” urging President Rodrigo Duterte to act.

More than 27 million people have been put back into lock-down in the Philippines’ capital Manila and nearby provinces, as stricter measures are imposed in an attempt to slow down the country’s spiralling coronavirus case numbers.

The government announced late on Sunday it was placing metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under so-called “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine” until August 18, 2020.