The country hit a new record for the most number of recoveries listed in a day with 807 COVID-19 survivors reported on Saturday, according to the Department of Health, as cases surpass 54,000.
The agency said total recoveries are now at 14,037. DOH said the recent high recovery may be attributed to “Oplan recovery” or efforts to trace people who have gotten well but were not included in previous survivors’ lists.
“Part of ongoing efforts to harmonize data with Regions and Cities of NCR,” the agency told CNN Philippines, referring to the National Capital Region. “Expect more recoveries in the coming days.”
Meanwhile, infections reached 54,222 with 1,387 new cases, it added.
From the new cases, 918 were “fresh” or detected in the last three days while 469 were “late” or part of the agency’s validation backlog, the case report said.
A total of 261 fresh cases were from Metro Manila, 62 from Central Visayas and 595 in other regions. For late cases, 178 were from Metro Manila, 15 from Central Visayas and 276 in different areas.
Meanwhile, the death toll reached 1,372 with 12 new fatalities, the DOH said.
The department also noted 38,324 active cases or currently ill patients, of which 35,348 persons or 92.2 percent have mild symptoms.
Some 2,619 patients or 6.8 percent have no symptoms while 257 cases or 0.7 percent are severe. On the other hand, 100 people or 0.3 percent are in critical condition, the case bulletin detailed.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, in a related move, reported only one new case among Filipinos living in 64 countries, with the total rising to 8,804 infected. Another patient also recovered, bringing recoveries to 5,266. No new deaths were recorded, keeping the death count of 594 among COVID-stricken overseas Filipinos..
COVID-19 cases in the world have topped 12.5 million, according to the John Hopkins University tally.