MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday reported 1,849 additional COVID-19 cases, raising to 521,413 the total confirmed infections in the Philippines.
This does not include data from 8 laboratories that failed to submit results on time.
The DOH also reported 177 additional recovered patients. For the last 5 days, the new recoveries reported were below 200, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team.
There were also 48 additional COVID-related deaths.
This is the first time in nearly a week that the number of additional deaths was below 50, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group. From January 23 to 28, the number of additional deaths ranged from 50 to 95.
With 475,765 total recoveries and 10,600 total fatalities, there are now 35,048 active cases or those with current infections in the country. This is the highest number of active cases since November 14.
Noticeably missing from the DOH update is the list of areas with the most number of COVID-19 cases.
In a message to media, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are reviewing the daily case bulletin “to provide the national situation in a format more understandable to the general public.”
She said the list of areas with the most number of new cases based on the daily report “is sometimes misinterpreted as total new or active cases.”
She pointed out that operational issues can cause reporting delays and this affects the numbers listed in their daily bulletin.
Instead, Vergeire suggested that the public check their COVID-19 tracker on the DOH website to show the detailed information.
On Thursday evening, the DOH also issued a statement on the January 27 tally of Baguio City. It explained that amid reports of discrepancies between the data of DOH and the city government, “the number of cases reflected in the daily case bulletin are numbers submitted to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau (EB) two days prior, and not on the day itself. This means that the number of cases in the January 27 Case Bulletin are from reports submitted last January 25.”
Previously, the DOH already explained that while local government units have more current data, their numbers are still validated before being reported by the DOH.
COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise as authorities are on guard to contain further spread of the new, more transmissible coronavirus variant, with a total 17 confirmed infections in the country.
Government on Friday announced quarantine levels for February, with Metro Manila, the Cordilleras and 6 other areas to be under general community quarantine.
The capital region has for months been under GCQ, while Cordillera will shift to this quarantine level from the loser modified GCQ due to the recent rise in cases there, including that of the new variant.
There are 43.2 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 101.5 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 2.2 million have died and 56.1 million have recovered.