COVID-19

Nearly 3,000 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 304,226

Total recoveries top 250,000, after more than 19,000 recovered cases are reported on Sunday, September 27

The Philippines’ COVID-19 cases topped 304,000 on Sunday, September 27, after the Department of Health (DOH) reported nearly 3,000 new cases.

A total of 2,995 new cases from all but 6 testing laboratories brought the country’s total caseload to 304,226.

Of the newly reported infections, 2,694 occurred within the last two weeks, while the rest happened before that period.

Metro Manila remained the top source of new cases, with 1,065, followed by nearby provinces Cavite, with 297; Bulacan, 180; Batangas, 157; and Laguna, 143.

Excluding deaths and recoveries, 46,372 are active cases, of which 86% have mild symptoms, 8.8% are asymptomatic, 1.6% have severe symptoms, and 3.7% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, total recoveries from the virus stood at 252,510, after 19,630 cases were reported to have recovered on Sunday.

Among these, 18,892 were 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 by the World Health Organization and endorsed by Philippine medical societies.

The remaining 738 recoveries were from the DOH’s routine reports.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll also rose to 5,344, with 60 new fatalities reported on Sunday.

Among these deaths, 37 happened in September, 9 in August, 11 in July, 2 in June, and 1 in April.

In addition, 29 of these fatalities were from Metro Manila, while 2 or more deaths were from the following regions:

  • Calabarzon – 6
  • Caraga – 5
  • Northern Mindanao – 4
  • Central Luzon – 3
  • Central Visayas – 3
  • Davao Region – 3
  • Bicol – 2
  • Soccsksargen – 2

Mimaropa, Western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula reported one death each.

The DOH also said 25 duplicates – including 16 recovered cases – were removed from the tallies. Then, 10 cases previously reported as recoveries were found to be deaths after further verification. – Rappler.com

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