MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,583 new COVID-19 cases, or a total of 528,853 confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines.
Thirteen testing laboratories failed to submit their results on time. Since last week, the DOH has also stopped disclosing the list of areas with the most number of new cases.
The agency recorded additional 67 COVID-related deaths and 39 recovered patients. This is the 2nd straight day that the additional deaths are higher than the new recoveries.
With 10,874 total fatalities and 487,611 total recoveries, the country's active cases stood at 30,368, or 5.7 percent of the cumulative total.
The 2.06% fatality rate on Tuesday is the highest since August 1, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team.
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 belatedly last week 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 on Monday. The 44-year-old Chinese man, who arrived from Wuhan City, China via Hong Kong on Jan. 21, 2020, was the Philippines second confirmed COVID-19 case.
Meanwhile, of the active infections in the country, 89% have mild symptoms, 5.3% are asymptomatic, 2.7% are in critical condition, 2.5% have severe symptoms, and 0.54% have moderate symptoms.
One case was removed from the official tally due to a duplicate entry. Another was also removed after turning out to be a negative result.
The DOH also reclassified two cases after finding out that the patients died instead of recovering.
There are almost 43.8 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 103.4 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.2 million have died and almost 57.4 million have recovered.
The Philippines expects the delivery this month of the initial batch of COVID-19 vaccine supplies as it aims to inoculate up to 70 million individuals to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.