MANILA. A government employee in a protective suit disinfects his colleague’s shoes in front of a Covid-19 testing site to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Quezon City on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (AP)

WHILE new cases of infection seemed to plateau, deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continued to rise to over 200 on Sunday, May 9, 2021. In its Sunday case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,174 new ones Covid -19 cases, which increases the cumulative number of cases to 1,101,990.

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The seven day moving average continued to decline to 6,735 and the daily positivity rate fell below 14 percent. However, DOH officials also found that test performance was low. On May 7, 46,878 samples were tested for Sars-CoV-2 and 13.9 percent. The DOH also confirmed 204 deaths, exceeding 200 for the first time in almost a month. May exceeded 100. These additional death rates raised the Covid-19 death toll in the Philippines to 18,472 and the death rate to 1.68 percent. There were 9,197 new recoveries on Sunday, with more recoveries than new cases, the number of active cases continued to decline to 61,294, or 5.6 percent of the accumulated cases. Globally, the Philippines climbed one place to 25th place among the countries with the highest number of Covid-19 cases on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center tracker. As of Sunday, more than 157 million people around the world had contracted the virus and nearly 3.3 million had died. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)

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