The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surge to 27,238 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 457 more infections on Wednesday.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 6,820 after 268 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,108 after five more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added.

According to the DOH, 173 of the daily reported cases were in Metro Manila, 160 cases in the Central Visayas region in the central Philippines and 124 cases were reported in other parts of the country.

The reopening of Boracay island world-class resort in Aklan province in the central Philippines was spoiled after authorities confirmed that a female visitor who had stayed on the island tested positive for COVID-19.

The incident happened while the island resort reopened on Tuesday to allow local tourists to visit the island. The move is part of the government’s efforts to restart the local economy after the coronavirus lockdown that started in mid-March.

The popular Boracay resort, famous for powdery white sand, shallow azure water and spectacular sunsets, is a favorite beach destination of local and international tourists, including Chinese national holidaying in the Philippines.

The Department of Tourism said the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a serious blow to the industry, slashing foreign arrivals for January to April 2020 to 1,318,719, or a 54.01-percent decrease from the 2,867,551 year-on-year.

The tourism industry, touted as a key economic driver in the Philippines, is the country’s second largest contributor to national revenue, and contributing 12.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018.

DOT data showed the industry also accounted for the employment of 5.4 million Filipinos in 2018, and achieved a record-high international tourist arrivals of 8.26 million in 2019.

 

Source: China – ASEAN Business Council

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