Philippines’ COVID-19 cases top 41,000; logs 1,494 new infections

By CNN Philippines Staff

The country recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases in a day anew, bringing the total to over 41,000 as of Saturday, the Department of Health reported.

The agency said the nationwide tally has reached 41,830 with 1,494 new infections. From the new cases, 403 were tagged as “fresh” or detected in the last three days, while 1,091 were “late” or part of the validation backlog.

From the fresh infections, 180 were from Metro Manila, 90 from Central Visayas and 133 from other regions, the case bulletin detailed. On the other hand, 499 late cases were reported from Metro Manila 146 from Central Visayas and 434 in different areas, along with 12 patients who recently returned to the country.

The number of people who recovered from the viral illness also reached 11,453 with 380 new survivors. Meanwhile, ten more succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 1,290.

The DOH also noted 27,983 active cases, or those who are currently ill. The bulletin said 26,528 people or 94.8 percent of this have mild symptoms while 1,291 patients or 4.6 percent showed no symptoms. Some 136 cases, or 0.5 percent, are severely infected while 28 cases, or 0.1 percent, are in critical condition.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also tallied two new confirmed infections and two new fatalities among overseas Filipinos in 62 countries. The total number of cases abroad is now 8,629 while the death toll is at 563. Another 37 Filipinos also got better, making the total number of survivors 5,200.

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