The Department of Health on Wednesday reported for the second straight day around 8,000 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 892,880.
Official figures showed 8,122 more tested positive for the virus, but the DOH clarified the number excludes the latest data from 12 operational testing laboratories which have yet to submit their reports. It added that there were lower testing outputs on April 12.
Of the total number of infected, 173,047 or 19.4% are currently ill patients. Based on the department’s breakdown, 96.3% of these active cases are tagged as mild, 2.4% as asymptomatic, 0.4% as critical, 0.5% as severe and 0.31% as moderate.
The country also logged for the sixth consecutive day a three-digit daily death toll, with 162 more lives lost to COVID-19. These include 64 cases which the DOH previously classified as recoveries before final validation. Since the pandemic started, 15,447 people in the country have died of the viral illness, making up 1.73% of the case tally.
Meanwhile, 501 more patients were cleared of the virus, raising the number of survivors to 704,386. This accounts for 78.9% of the total infections.
After final validation, the DOH removed 25 duplicates from its data, including 14 recoveries and one death.
The drop in newly confirmed infections came after the Philippines listed over 10,000 additional cases daily from April 9 to April 12. The DOH said it will continue to coordinate with testing centers to ensure high daily outputs.
The report also showed the daily positivity rate remained worrisome at 19.5% as of noon of April 13, which means nearly 1 in 5 people who had themselves tested on the same day was found positive for the coronavirus.
Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs tallied four new infections and four more recoveries, raising the total to 18,005 and 11,042, respectively. Deaths remain at 1,113.