Philippines confirms 1,353 new COVID-19 cases; total tops 482,000

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2021 04:06 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2021 06:50 PM

Catholic devotees observe health protocols as they attend the first Simbang Gabi (Misa De Gallo) Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sto. Niño de Tondo in Manila on December 16, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health on Thursday recorded 1,353 new coronavirus infections, or a total of 482,083 confirmed cases in the Philippines.

Thursday's additional cases do not include data from 3 laboratories that failed to submit results on time.

Topping the list of areas with new COVID cases are Rizal with 63, Laguna with 62, Marikina with 60, Quezon City with 58, and Davao City with 54.

There are 360 additional recovered patients, or a total of 449,052 recoveries.

The death toll, meanwhile, climbed by 9 to 9,356, accounting for 1.94 percent of the total recorded cases.

The number of active infections stood at 23,675. Active cases refer to patients who are still infected with COVID-19 and are staying either in the hospital or under home quarantine.

Of the active cases, 82.3% have mild symptoms, 8.4% are asymptomatic, 5.8% are in critical condition, 3.1% have severe symptoms, and 0.48% have moderate symptoms.

A total of 7 cases, 5 tagged as recovered, had to be removed from the official tally because of duplicate entries.

The DOH said it also reclassified 3 recovered cases as deaths.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday said during an ANC interview that while more than 480,000 cases seem large, it is only around 4,000 cases per a million of the population.

He also pointed out that the percentage of fatalities is lower than the global average.

The last time the Philippines logged more than 2,000 cases in a single day was on December 18.

The DOH acknowledged that the lower number of subsequent daily cases is because of the holidays. Besides laboratories closing for the holidays, Filipinos are also reportedly less likely to have themselves tested.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 87.2 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.88 million have died, 48.8 million have recovered, while more than 36.5 million remain sick.

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