3,694 COVID Cases Tallied As Local Destinations Reopen to Tourists

Some have dropped RT-PCR test requirements.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

The Philippines on Thursday logged 3,694 new COVID-19 cases as more local tourist destinations reopened to fully vaccinated travelers.

The day's tally brought active cases to 49,835. The Department of Health also reported 3,924 new recoveries and 227 deaths

Overall, a total of 2,772,491 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 2,680,081 have recovered and 42,575 died.

Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila is expected to last unitl the end of October. Cemeteries nationwide are closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 to prevent crowds during the Day of the Dead.

Several tourist destinations nationwide have eased restrictions for vaccianted tourists, with some dropping RT-PCR test results in favor of vacciantion cards and certificates. Those residing in Metro Manila can have staycations in at least 40 accredited hotels.

The country has a goal of 1.5 million daily vaccinations for a "happy Christmas" vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said as more jabs arrive. At least 50 million Filipinos are expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.

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