Over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases again as Philippines' tally tops 322,000

More than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, October 4, pushing the Philippines' total above 322,000.

The 3,190 new confirmed infections on Sunday brought the country's coronavirus cases to 322,497, reported the Department of Health (DOH) based on data from all except 15 testing laboratories.

The number of newly reported cases daily was again above 3,000 after 5 days of staying below that threshold. It is also the second time since a dip to the 1,000 level on September 22 that daily new cases went above 3,000.

Of the new cases on Sunday, 2,709 occurred within the last two weeks, while the rest were from beyond that period.

Metro Manila still has the most number of new cases, with 1,279, followed by surrounding provinces Rizal, with 212; Laguna, 147; Cavite, 146; and Bulacan, 122.

Out of the total cases, 43,642 are active, of which 85.4% have mild symptoms, 9.2% are asymptomatic, 1.7% are severe, and 3.8% are critical.

This is the lowest number of active cases since August 3, when 38,405 active cases were reported. However, the percentages of severe and critical cases are slightly higher than the 1.6% and 3.7%, respectively, from a week ago.

Meanwhile, 18,065 new recoveries were reported on Sunday. Most of those are part of the DOH's weekly Oplan Recovery scheme, where mild and asymptomatic cases are tagged as recoveries based on time-based and symptoms-based discharging criteria.

This brought the total number of recoveries in the Philippines to 273,079.

The country's COVID-19 death toll also went up to 5,776, after 100 new fatalities were added to the tally.

Among these deaths, 16 took place in October, 57 in September, 11 in August, 12 in July, 3 in June, and 1 in May.

In addition, 36 of these fatalities were from Metro Manila, while 2 or more deaths were from the following regions:

  • Calabarzon - 28
  • Western Visayas - 9
  • Central Visayas - 7
  • Bicol - 5
  • Central Luzon - 3
  • Eastern Visayas - 2
  • Davao Region - 2
  • Caraga - 2

Ilocos Region, Cordillera, Mimaropa, Northern Mindanao, and Soccsksargen reported one death each, while there is one death not yet classified under any region.

The DOH also said 23 duplicates, including 13 recoveries and 2 deaths, were removed from the tallies. Then, 19 cases previously reported as recoveries were found to be deaths after further verification. – Rappler.com