1,169 new COVID-19 cases, 71 add'l deaths logged in PH; total infections near 520,000

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2021 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2021 07:31 PM

1,169 new COVID-19 cases, 71 add'l deaths logged in PH; total infections near 520,000 1
Health workers participate in a COVID-19 vaccination simulation at Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School, in Mandaluyong City on January 27, 2021. The city of Mandaluyong recorded a total of 6,286 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 121 active infections, as of January 26, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Department of Health on Thursday recorded 1,169 new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, bringing the total number of cases to 519,575.

This is the lowest daily tally for new cases since January 6 although 6 laboratories failed to submit their results on time.

With 71 additional COVID-related deaths reported, it is the 6th day that the number of fatalities is at least 50. There are now 10,552 total deaths. According to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics, the Philippines’ 2.03% fatality rate is the highest since August 1.

The DOH also reported 60 new recovered patients or a total of 475,596 recoveries. It is the 3rd time in the last 4 days that additional deaths were higher than recoveries.

The DOH said earlier that this is due to the late reported deaths since it has been harmonizing data with the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Topping the list of areas with the most number of additional infections are Quezon City with 57, Isabela with 54, Manila with 42, Davao City with 42 and Rizal with 42.

Noticeably missing from the list is Cebu, which OCTA Group has tagged for its increasing cases. The group said Thursday that Cebu had been averaging more than 140 cases a day for the last week when cases in other areas like Metro Manila are already leveling off.

Of the 33,427 active cases, 84.8% have mild symptoms, 9.3% are asymptomatic, 3.1% are in critical condition, 2.3% have severe symptoms, and 0.47% have moderate symptoms.

One recovered case was removed from the official tally because of duplication.

There were also 5 cases tagged as recovered that turned out to be deaths.

There are 42.9 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 100.9 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 2.2 million have died and 55.8 million have recovered.