COVID-19 tally nears 990,000 with 9,661 new infections; active cases drop to 89,485

By CNN Philippines Staff

The COVID-19 nationwide tally is nearing 990,000 after 9,661 more people got infected, the Department of Health’s Saturday bulletin stated.

The bulletin showed 989,380 total number of coronavirus infections with 9% or 89,485 active cases. It’s the first time in a month that the country had less than 90,000 people still battling the infection. The last time was on March 23. The DOH, however, said this excludes data from five laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, adding one lab was also not operational on April 22.

At least 95.9% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 1.4% have no symptoms, 1.1% are in a severe state, 0.8% are in critical condition, and 0.7% are moderate cases.

The death toll climbed to 16,674 – 1.69% of the case count – with 145 more fatalities, marking the fourth consecutive day of over 100 deaths. Meanwhile, another surge of recoveries was recorded, with 22,877 getting better, to lift the survivor count to 883,221 or 89.3% of the total tally. At least 13,000 recoveries have been tallied daily in the past five days, which the DOH said was expected this week due to changes in its data reporting.

The department said it reclassified 56 recoveries into deaths after validation and deleted 21 duplicates, including 12 survivors.

The daily positivity rate or the rate of infected patients among those tested is 16.3%, based on 38,640 tests conducted as of noon of April 22. The DOH earlier mentioned that the bulletins will show data based on testing output of laboratories from two days earlier.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos said if the low trend continues and if occupancy rates in intensive care units ease up, then the National Capital Region could shift to the more relaxed general community quarantine next week. However, he noted that Metro Manila mayors have not yet convened to discuss the issue.

Ibabase ko rin naman kung medyo lumuwag na ang ICU,” Abalos told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend. “Kung medyo maganda-ganda na ng konti, it’s about time mag-granular lockdowns, siguro buksan ang ating mga negosyo, ngunit malaking kundisyon talagang maghigpit pa rin tayo sa minimum health protocols.”

[Translation: I will still base (my suggestion) on whether ICU (occupancy rates) will ease up. If the situation improves, then it’s about time we have granular lockdowns, maybe open more businesses, but the condition is we continue being strict with minimum health protocols.]

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed 15 more infections, raising to the total to 18,237. Three more Filipinos succumbed to the disease while nine others recovered, bringing the death toll to 1,126 and the number of survivors to 11,190. There are 5,921 still undergoing treatment.

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