Over a thousand more patients tested positive for the coronavirus disease, raising the total number of cases to more than 34,000, the Department of Health confirmed on Friday.
The agency said 1,006 people were confirmed with COVID-19 with 788 “fresh” cases or infections detected in the last three days and 218 “late” cases or were part of the department’s validation backlog. The nationwide tally is now at 34,073, the DOH said.
From the fresh cases, there were 266 from Metro Manila, 251 from Central Visayas and 271 from other regions. On the other hand, some 113 part of the late cases tally were from Metro Manila while seven were from Central Visayas and the other 98 were in different areas.
There are now 9,182 patients who have recovered from the disease, with 274 additional survivors. Twelve more persons succumbed to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 1,224.
Behind the spike
DOH said the surge in infections is due to, among others, higher testing capacity at around 16,000 tests per day.
Another reason is “community transmission” or the spread of the virus in selected areas.
“Makikita natin ito sa Cebu kung saan bara-barangay ang nagkakahawaan,” said Beverly Ho, Special Assistant to Health Secretary Francisco Duque, in the DOH online briefing.
[Translation: We can see this in Cebu, where infections sprea din different barangays]
The department said the case positivity rate is at 6.8 percent, meaning six people are positive for COVID-19 out of every 100 tested. Metro Manila’s rate is at 7.2 percent while Cebu in Central Visayas is at 32.8 percent.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported 56 new confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos in 57 countries. The total is now at 8,417 of which 1,339 were verified by the DOH.
The death toll also rose to 536 after 23 more passed away while five more survived, raising the number of recoveries to 5,081.
From the Philippine National Police, another 53 of its personnel caught the coronavirus. The total infected among its ranks has risen to 632 with nine deaths, while 334 have recovered.