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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Philippines - statistics & facts

The rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the Philippines continue to interrupt the country’s path to economic recovery. Despite the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, areas with high cases of infections remain under alert level status while the ongoing vaccination drives were intensified nationwide. In Metro Manila, a new normal scenario is in sight, with increased passenger capacities in public transport, permitting non-essential establishments such as gyms and cinemas to resume operations, limited in-person classes, as well as opening the international borders to selected nationalities.

Intensified vaccination programs

Due to the continued efforts to encourage Filipinos to get jabbed, an increasing number of people now have extra protection against the coronavirus. Though still far from its original target of 58 million by the end of this year, about 30.81 million people already received both doses of the vaccine. A vaccine rollout focused on the younger population, especially those with existing comorbidities, has also commenced nationwide.

Coronavirus impact on travel and tourism

Efforts to revive the tourism industry, which contributes one of the largest shares to the country’s GDP, include waving PCR test requirements when visiting popular vacation destinations for fully vaccinated travelers. However, foreign tourists were still bared from entering the country, except those coming from "green" and "yellow" countries. Fully-vaccinated travelers from green countries, including China and Hong Kong, were no longer required to undergo a facility-based quarantine as long as they present a negative PCR-test. Meanwhile those coming from yellow list countries need to go through six days of facility quarantine and home quarantine up to the 10th day.

Coronavirus impact on consumer behavior

Long periods of lockdown significantly changed the retail behavior of Filipino consumers. A recent survey shows that consumers reduced their in-store shopping frequency as well as the amount spent per trip. Consumers also started mixing both online retail and shopping in physical stores as a result of the pandemic. Overall, e-commerce sales of food and beverages reflected growth as more and more Filipinos have chosen to shop on e-commerce platforms and social media channels.

The Philippines is one out of more than 200 countries and territories battling the novel coronavirus. For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

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