COVID-19 cases breach 500,000

The Department of Health on Sunday reported that the total number of cases of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is now 500,577.

No physical distancing
NO PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters boarding a passenger jeepney crowd at the entrance of the vehicle in front of the National Housing Authority building on Elliptical Road in Quezon City on Friday (Jan. 15, 2021). Authorities are on high alert despite eased quarantine restrictions to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases. (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

DOH in its latest case bulletin also reported 11 new deaths, bringing the pathogen’s death toll in the country to 9,895.

“Though much has changed in the pandemic, our responsibility to each other remains. The validity of our minimum public health standards against the spread of COVID-19 has been proving, and this is why we should intensify our observance of these with the new variant of COVID-19 now in the country,” the DOH said in Filipino for its message of the day.

“Always remember the proper usage of face masks and face shields, our physical distancing, and washing and sanitizing hands often. Our safety hinges on following these rules,” it also said.

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