Comelec has announced that the suspension of voter registration will be extended to August 31, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.
“The suspension was previously set only until June 30 but was extended for two more months in view of the still rising number of COVID-19 cases nationwide,” says Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez in a statement posted on their official Facebook page today, June 30.
“Our field personnel continue to outfit their existing offices and procure supplies in order to be COVID-19 ready. We are continuously refining our guidelines and health and safety protocols so that we do not contribute to the further spread of the virus."
See the statement below:
Voter registration was initially suspended from March 9 to March 31, 2020. This is the fourth extension of the system's suspension.
COVID-19 cases in the Philippines
As of June 29, there are a total of 36,436 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, including 9,956 recoveries and 1,255 deaths.
Despite currently being one of the countries undergoing the longest lockdown in the world, the Philippines has seen a rise in cases especially since transitioning to a general community quarantine on June 1.
The highest number of new cases recorded in one day so far happened on June 23, with 1,150 new cases reported. See the graph of daily cases in the Philippines by Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center below: