COVID-19

Philippines logs 425 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in nearly 17 months

Bonz Magsambol
Philippines logs 425 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in nearly 17 months

Without face shields, Filipinos crowd the Divisoria Market in Manila November 8, 2021, shopping for less expensive items. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Benhur Abalos said that NCR mayors agreed to make the wearing of face shields optional. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on the other hand warned mayors against defying the mandatory face shield policy for crowded and enclosed spaces, saying the policy remain in effect. Rappler

Tuesday's cases bring country's total caseload to 2,832,724. Of these, 0.6% or 15,800 remain active or currently sick.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Tuesday, November 30, reported 425 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in nearly 17 months or since July 2, 2020, when the country logged 294 infections at that time.

Tuesday’s cases bring the country’s total caseload to 2,832,724. Of these, 0.6% or 15,800 remain active or are currently sick.

The Department of Health (DOH) also recorded 44 deaths. The total death toll due to COVID-19 in the country increased at 48,545.

Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 909 for a total of 2,768,389.

The DOH reported a positivity rate of 2.1% out of 24,442 tests in its bulletin. These positive cases were added to the tally of confirmed cases only after further validation. This process helped ensure cases would not be recorded in duplicate, and that all test results had been submitted, explained the department.

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The DOH said all testing hubs were not operational on Sunday, November 28, while four laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. The cases reflected in the bulletin were based on tests conducted two days ago.

COVID-19 cases every first half of the week are usually low due to non-operation of testing hubs and the delays in data transmission. Regardless, Tuesday’s low number of cases marked one full week of new infections below 1,000.

Despite the continued decrease in cases, the DOH reminded the public not to be complacent and continue to follow health protocols, especially now that a more transmissible variant of COVID-19 called Omicron has been spreading quickly in other African and European countries.

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.