Fulfilling the OCTA Research team’s prediction in early April, the Philippines has hit and surpassed the 1 million mark for coronavirus cases, bringing the total tally to 1,020,495 as of writing.
Though the surge has somewhat weakened, figures are still higher than those reported before March this year.
The country has also risen to #26, one notch higher on the world rankings list of Covid19 statistics, with 67,769 active cases, 935,695 recoveries and 17,031 deaths.
The healthcare system continues to struggle to keep up with this second wave as more and more people are forced to wait in tents outside hospitals to be admitted.
One doctor from the National Kidney Transplant Institute revealed that a patient waiting for a hemodialysis slot and swab test results died in a wheelchair as a result of the interminable line.
Last year, the Philippines was one of the worst- hit nations in Southeast Asia. This year is no better: in terms of deaths, the country is the hardest-hit in the region, second only to Indonesia, which has 45,116 deaths.
The nation’s health ministry has said that foreign variants and a local one have contributed significantly to the surge, as has the difficulty the government is facing in obtaining vaccines.
Only about 1.77 million doses have been administered, while only some 238,000 people have been fully inoculated, a figure which translates to just 0.2% of the Philippines’ 110 million-strong population.