MANILA, Philippines – COVID-19 infections in the Philippines stayed below 2,000 for a week straight after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,671 new cases on Friday, February 25. This brings the country’s total caseload to 3,658,892.
Prior to the period, the last time cases breached the 2,000 mark was on February 18, when the country recorded 2,232 cases. Below are the dates when cases dipped below 2,000.
- February 19 – 1,923
- February 20 – 1,712
- February 21 – 1,427
- February 22 – 1,019
- February 23 – 1,534
- February 24 – 1,745
- February 25 – 1,671
The total number of active cases, or those currently sick, stands at 55,140, the lowest since January 5, when 39,974 were reported.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said that the lowest number of active cases prior to February 25 was on January 6, when 56,561 cases were reported. This has been corrected.
The DOH also recorded 59 deaths. The total death toll due to COVID-19 in the country increased at 56,224.
Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 1,586 for a total of 3,547,528.
The DOH reported a positivity rate of 5.67% out of 28,039 tests. These positive cases were added to the tally of confirmed cases only after further validation. This process helps ensure cases would not be recorded in duplicate, and that all test results had been submitted, explained the department.
The DOH said all testing hubs were not operational on Wednesday, February 23, while three laboratories were unable to submit their data on time. The cases reflected in the bulletin were based on tests conducted two days ago.
On Wednesday, all 17 Metro Manila mayors recommended dropping the alert level status of the metropolis to the lowest. Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 status until Monday, February 28. Malacañang is expected to announce the quarantine status of areas in the country this weekend. – Rappler.com