DOH logs 6,560 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths but flags technical issues in data logging system

By CNN Philippines Staff

The country logged 6,560 new COVID-19 cases and 32 fatalities on Wednesday, according to the Department of Health.

It’s the lowest number of deaths reported in a day since April, but the DOH said the recent case bulletin may not reflect the latest coronavirus updates due to technical issues in the data monitoring system.

“Due to technical issues encountered in COVIDKaya and the manual solution implemented as a contingency measure, cases reported today may not have up-to-date data entries in certain fields (e.g. health status, residence, quarantine status),” the DOH said.

The bulletin showed a case total of 1,524,449 with 3.1% or 47,996 active cases or people currently sick. At least 92.1% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 2.6% have severe symptoms, 1.84% are in moderate condition, 1.8% have no symptoms, and 1.6% are in critical condition.

The death toll rose slightly to 26,874 which is 1.76% of the COVID-19 tally while 5,364 got better, pushing the number of recoveries to 1,449,579 or 95.1% of the case count.

The DOH reclassified 30 survivors into deaths after validation and deleted 14 duplicates, including eight recoveries and two fatalities.

The total excludes data from four laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the DOH said. These laboratories contributed an average of 1.1% of samples tested and 1.5% of positive individuals in the last 14 days, the department added.

The daily positivity rate or percentage of people that tested positive rose to 12.1% based on 36,168 tests reported on July 19. The last time the rate was over 12 % was on June 26. The rate is within the “high” classification by Covid Act Now, a nonprofit that groups Harvard Global Health Institute, Microsoft, Bloomberg, and other organizations. It is used by the OCTA research team as reference for its recommendations.

A healthcare workers group also warned that the country will not be able to handle a surge similar to the wave of infections in Indonesia. Indonesia – Asia’s new COVID-19 epicenter – had better vaccination and daily attack rates compared to the Philippines prior to the surge due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, according to OCTA.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said on Tuesday vaccines have been deployed to regions where cases of the Delta variant have been detected.

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