COVID-19 deaths top 25,000

By CNN Philippines Staff

The country’s COVID-19 death toll topped 25,000 on Saturday after 90 more fatalities were recorded, according to the Department of Health.

The DOH daily case bulletin counted a total of 25,063 deaths, which is 1.75% of the case tally. The case total is 1,430,419 with 5,908 new infections.

Of this number, 3.8% or 53,665 are active cases – with 91.2% experiencing mild symptoms, 3.8% without symptoms, 2% with severe symptoms, 1.51% in moderate condition, and 1.4% in critical condition.

The number of survivors also climbed to 1,351,691 or 94.5% of the COVID-19 tally after 7,698 more people recovered.

The DOH said the total excludes data from five laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time. These laboratories contributed an average of 2.2% of samples tested and 2.9% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The DOH added that it reclassified 65 recoveries – 19 into active cases and 46 into deaths – after validation. It also deleted seven duplicates, including five recoveries.

The daily positivity rate or percentage of people who tested positive dropped from 11.4% to 10.6% based on 50,752 tests on July 1.

The figure is still far from the benchmark of the World Health Organization of below 5% . Experts said high rates may mean high transmission and that there may be more cases that have yet to be detected.

Independent research group OCTA earlier noted a 5% increase in the daily average number of cases in Metro Manila over the past week.

Davao City, Iloilo City, Baguio City and San Fernando in La Union were also tagged as areas of concern due to high health care utilization rate and rising cases.

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