MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health on Monday reported 1,658 additional COVID-19 cases, or a total of 527,272 confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines.
Five testing laboratories failed to submit their results on time.
An additional 58 COVID-related deaths and 27 recovered patients were also recorded.
With 10,807 total fatalities and 487,574 total recoveries, the country's active cases stood at 28,891 or 5.5 percent of the cumulative total.
According to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team, the current 2.05% case fatality rate is the highest in six months. Additional deaths are also higher than new recoveries for the 4th straight day.
The Philippines has been logging an increased number of deaths since last week. But the DOH said this is due to late reporting of deaths, with some only recently confirmed through “harmonization” of data with the Philippine Statistics Authority.
Government data analyzed by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed that a large number of the deaths reported late were from July and August last year.
The first coronavirus death outside of China, where the disease is believed to have originated, was recorded in the Philippines a year ago today. The 44-year-old Chinese man was the Philippines second confirmed COVID-19 case, who arrived from Wuhan City, China via Hong Kong on Jan. 21, 2020.
Meanwhile, of the active infections in the country, 88.5% have mild symptoms, 5.3% are asymptomatic, 3% are in critical condition, 2.7% have severe symptoms, and 0.56% have moderate symptoms.
Since last week, the DOH has stopped disclosing the list of areas with the most number of new cases.
A total of 4 recovered cases were removed from Monday's official tally because of duplicate entries.
There are almost 43.7 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, almost 103 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.2 million have died and 57 million have recovered.