Philippines reports 1,357 new COVID-19 cases; total at 504,084

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2021 04:13 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2021 06:54 PM

Manila city health officials participate in the COVID-19 vaccination simulation held at the Universidad de Manila on January 19, 2021. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines' total COVID-19 cases climbed to 504,084 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,357 new infections.

The additional tally does not include data from 4 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 130, Rizal province with 71, Quezon City with 66, Pampanga with 54, and Benguet with 52.

This is the third straight day that Davao City has recorded the most number of new cases, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics. The city has repeatedly been included in the top areas with additional cases, which the DOH previously attributed to non-compliance with health standards.

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), where Benguet belongs, is also among the regions with higher number of new cases, according to the DOH.

The department also reported 69 new COVID-related deaths, or a total of 9,978 fatalities. A large majority or 56 of the new deaths were reclassified and were initially logged as recoveries.

Meanwhile, 324 new recovered patients were recorded, bringing the number of total recoveries to 466,249.

Of the 27,857 active cases, 86.1% have mild symptoms, 6.1% are asymptomatic, 4.7% are in critical condition, 2.7% have severe symptoms, and 0.42% have moderate symptoms.

The DOH said it removed 7 cases, 6 tagged as recovered, from the official tally due to duplicate cases. 

“In addition, 2 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count,” the agency said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday that the increase in cases is mostly seen outside Metro Manila and that they are monitoring the said situation in Cebu, Region II and the CAR, among others.

Vergeire said they are analyzing if it is due to the so-called holiday surge.

The OCTA Research Group on Monday said it estimates the total number of cases in the Philippines to reach 525,000 to 540,000, or an average of 530,000 by the end of the month.

Currently, there are more than 40.8 million people with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 95.6 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.04 million have died and more than 52.7 million have recovered.

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