Philippines Now Has the Most Number of COVID-19 Cases in Southeast Asia

We now have almost 120,000 confirmed cases.

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( The front page of Singapore broadsheet The Straits Times on August 5 bared the headline "Philippines Likely to Become Southeast Asia's Coronavirus Hot Spot." On the same day, the Philippines reported 115,980 confirmed cases, less than a thousand away from Southeast Asia's highest number of positive cases: 116,871 cases in Indonesia. On August 6, the Department of Health reported 119,460 total cases, overtaking Indonesia's total of 118,753. This means that the Philippines officially now has the most number of cases in Southeast Asia.

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The Philippines reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 30: A 38-year-old female Chinese national who traveled from Wuhan via Hong Kong to several locations in the country between January 20 to 25. The country has been in community quarantine since March, making it the longest lockdown in the world.

As of August 6, the United States has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world with 4,823,892. The Philippines has a total of 119,460 confirmed cases with 3,561 new cases, 50,473 active cases, 66,837 reported recoveries, and 2,150 reported deaths.

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