PH logs nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases, highest in 3 weeks

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2021 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2021 07:10 PM

Devotees attend Friday masses outside Quiapo Church while following physical distancing protocols, a day before the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, January 8, 2021. Church and government authorities have imposed strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as people observe the annual tradition. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it recorded 1,952 more COVID-19 cases, the highest in 3 weeks, raising the running total to 485,797.

The day’s figure is the highest daily tally since December 18, when the country recorded 2,115 cases. The data Saturday did not include results from 7 laboratories that failed to submit on time.

The health department earlier said the surge in new infections was possible as testing lagged over the holidays.

Davao City led areas in the country with the most number of new confirmed cases with 143, followed by Quezon City (98), Rizal (80), Cavite (77), and Bulacan (74).

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Active infections reached 26,784, which accounted for 5.5 percent of the total recorded cases. Some 91.6 percent of patients were asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms, while 5.1 percent were critically ill, according to the DOH.

The DOH registered 34 new coronavirus-related fatalities, as the death toll stood at 9,398.

Recoveries went up by 291 to 449,615, accounting for 92.6 percent of the total recorded cases.

Meanwhile, of the 26,314 people who were tested as of Friday noon, 1,170 or 4.4 percent were confirmed positive for the disease, data showed.

The DOH removed 7 duplicate cases from the total case count. A total of 3 recovered cases have also been removed in the tally.

Meanwhile, a total of 3 cases initially classified as recovered turned out to be deaths.

Data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University showed that almost 89 million people globally contracted COVID-19, with the US, India, Brazil, Russia, and the United Kingdom (UK) having the highest number of cumulative cases as of this posting.

The UK in December last year detected a reportedly more infectious COVID-19 strain, leading some countries to impose new lockdown and travel restrictions to stem its spread.

Over 1.9 million people have died while almost 49.5 million have recovered, according to the JHU’s running tally.