MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 1,912 new COVID-19 cases, or a total of 494,605 infections in the Philippines.
The additional cases do not include data from 7 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
Topping the list of areas with the most number of new COVID-19 cases are Davao City with 136, Quezon City with 107, Agusan del Sur with 61, Dagupan City with 57, and Cavite province with 54.
The DOH said this week that it is still observing the possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to the activities of the people during the holidays. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted on Wednesday the number of new cases in each of the past days breaching the 1,000-mark.
The government has confirmed that the more transmissible UK coronavirus variant is already in the Philippines.
The DOH also reported 40 new COVID-related deaths, or a total of 9,739 fatalities.
For the past 2 days, the country has reported a relatively high number of deaths due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, total recoveries went up by 746 to 459,252.
Of the 25,614 active cases, 85% have mild symptoms, 6.4% are asymptomatic, 5.2% are in critical condition, 2.9% have severe symptoms, and 0.48% have moderate symptoms.
The DOH said that while 5 duplicate cases, 3 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally, there were also 14 recovered cases that turned out to be deaths.
It also found that there were 2 cases that actually tested negative. These were removed form the official tally.
The government on Thursday announced that the vaccine candidate of Pfizer against COVID-19 has been approved for emergency use, the first in the country.
The Food and Drug Administration is also assessing the application for emergency use of the vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Gamaleya Institute.
There are currently 39.3 million people with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 92.4 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 2 million have died and 51 million have recovered.