1,534 COVID Cases Logged As DTI Mulls Removal of Plastic Barriers in Restaurants

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The Philippines on Wednesday tallied 1,534 new COVID infections as authorities study the possible removal of plastic barriers in commercial establishments three years into the pandemic.

Tuesday's total brought active cases to 55,449. The Department of Health also reported 201 deaths and 2,729 recoveries.

The positivity rate was at 6.1% meaning that for every 100 people tested, at least six were infected with the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, the Philippines has in total confirmed 3,655,709 COVID-19 cases, including 3,544,283 recoveries and 55,977 deaths.

Authorities are studying a possible shift to Alert Level 1, the lowest and least strict level in a five-step classification system, as cases go down. Campaigns for the May 9 elections could pose risks, the Department of Local and Interior Government earlier said.

Restaurants and shops might say goodbye to plastic barriers soon as the Department of Trade and Industry is studying whether to recommend their removal.

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New measures to improve ventilation in closed spaces are being studied in place of the plastic barriers in several establishments, Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez said.

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