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First Time in Five Months: Daily COVID Cases Top 3,000

DOH confirms 3,045 cases on March 5.
Mar 5, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

For the first time since October 2020, the Philippines confirmed more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day on Friday, March 5, as vaccines begin to arrive, data from the Department of Health showed.

The DOH tallied 3,045 new infections for the day, bringing the total to 535, 207, of which, 40,074 or 6.8% are active. Some 91.1% of cases have recovered. The 19 deaths recorded Friday brought the total death toll to 12,423.

The seven-day moving average in the number of daily cases has risen this week, based on the DOH COVID tracker.

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