2,671 COVID Cases Logged as More Countries Ease Pandemic Restrictions

Preparing for the new normal.
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The Philippines on Wednesday logged 2,671 new COVID-19 cases as more countries eased pandemic restrictions in preparation for the new normal.

Active cases stood at 68,829. The Department of Health reported 6,130 new recoveries and 77 deaths, 

Overall, a total of 3,644,597 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 3,520,545 have recovered and 55,223 died.

Alert Level 2 in Metro Manila is extended until the end of February. Alert Level 1, the lowest set of restrictions, could be declared once certain indicators are met.

Some countries, mostly located in Europe, have started or announced plans to drop wearing of face masks and physical distancing as they seek to return to normal like after two years under a pandemic.

With higher vaccination rates compared to the rest of the globe, the World Health Organization said recently that these European countries headed to the "endgame" of COVID.

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U.S. manufacturer 3M said Monday demand for face masks was expected to slow sharply this year, as sales for COVID pills were predicted to rise.

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