MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday reported 1,776 more COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, raising the total to 483,852 infections.
This does not include data from 5 laboratories that failed to submit on time.
The 1,776 new cases is the highest in the last week since 1,765 were reported on January 1. The DOH has said the daily tally of COVID-19 cases was low during the holidays because of the closure of laboratories and the low number of patients requesting to be tested.
Topping the list of areas with new COVID-19 cases on Friday are Bulacan with 99, Davao City with 96, Quezon City with 83, Rizal with 80 and Laguna with 64.
With 285 additional recovered patients, there are now 449,330 total recoveries.
The DOH also recorded 8 new COVID-related deaths, or a total of 9,364 fatalities.
This brings the number of active cases, or those still infected to 25,158. Of the active cases, 82.6% have mild symptoms, 8.6% are asymptomatic, 5.4% are in critical condition, 2.9% have severe symptoms, and 0.48% have moderate symptoms.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday morning said the country is “not out of the woods yet” as they are expecting the number of new infections to rise in the coming days as laboratories become fully operational.
The Philippines is also monitoring new variants of COVID-19 that have spread in other countries as they are said to be more communicable.
The DOH removed 7 cases, 6 tagged as recovered, from the official tally due to duplicate entries. There was also 1 recovered case that turned out to be a fatality.
There are currently 37 million active COVID-19 cases worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 88 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.9 million have died and more than 49 million have recovered.