The Department of Health (DOH) reported 423 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Saturday, October 30, the highest one-day tally since the pandemic began.
This brings the country’s death toll due to the coronavirus disease to 43,044.
The previous highest record of deaths in a single day was recorded on April 9 – 401 deaths. Back then, the DOH said that the reported deaths included cases that were previously tagged as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The DOH also reported 4,008 new confirmed cases on Saturday, bringing the total caseload to 2,783,896. There were also 6,887 new recoveries, raising the total to 2,693,162.
Despite the high number of deaths, active cases remain low. Of the total cases reported on Saturday, 47,690 are active – the lowest since July 20, when 46,806 active cases were reported. The active cases constitute 1.7% of the total on Saturday.
The DOH said all of the laboratories were operational on Thursday, October 28, but four failed to submit data on time. Based on the past two weeks, this laboratory accounts for 0.1% of all samples tested and 0.08% of positive cases.
The government released new restriction guidelines from November 1 to 14 for different areas in the country on Friday, October 29. The national government’s coronavirus task force had also approved the gradual increase of passenger capacity in public transportation vehicles starting November 4. – Rappler.com