Philippines' COVID-19 cases reach 538,995 with 1,690 new infections

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2021 04:05 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2021 06:42 PM

Philippines' COVID-19 cases reach 538,995 with 1,690 new infections 1
The Manila City government gave recognition to 259 barangays for keeping their communities COVID-19 free, during the weekly flag raising ceremony led by Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso at the city's Kartilya ng Katipunan Plaza on February 8, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — COVID-19 cases in the Philippines hit 538,995 on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,690 new coronavirus infections.

The ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team said this is the 8th straight day that additional COVID-19 cases are less than 2,000, although five testing laboratories failed to submit their results for Monday's tally.

The DOH also recorded additional 52 COVID-related deaths and 23 recovered patients. This is the 10th straight day that additional deaths counted more than 50.

With 11,231 total fatalities and 499,772 total recoveries, the country's active cases stood at 27,992 or 5.2 percent of the cumulative total.

The 2.08% fatality rate is the highest in more than 6 months, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team.

Of the active infections in the country, 88.5% have mild symptoms, 5.4% are asymptomatic, 2.8% are in critical condition, 2.7% have severe symptoms, and 0.63% have moderate symptoms.

Four cases, 2 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally for being duplicate entries.

There was another recovered case that was removed from the official tally after it turned out to be a negative case.

On top of that, there were 46 recovered cases that turned out to be deaths, based on the DOH’s final validation.

The Philippines has been logging an increased number of deaths since last month. 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.

The DOH recently released a breakdown of deaths reported from January 23 to February 4 to show that majority of the 864 additional deaths reported then were from last year. Half were from the months July (218 deaths) and August (221).

The first coronavirus death outside of China, where the disease is believed to have originated, was recorded in the Philippines on Feb. 1, 2020. 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.

His companion, a 38-year-old Chinese woman, was the Philippines' first COVID-19 case, which was confirmed on Jan. 30 last year.

On Monday, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines is ready to launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive next week.

"Ilang tulog na lang, mga kaibigan, at dadating na ang unang batch ng ating bakuna. Ready or not, handang-handa po ang ating gobyerno para magsimula ang ating vaccination drive itong a-15 ng Pebrero," Roque told reporters in an online briefing.

(Just a few more nights of sleep, friends, and the first batch of our vaccine will arrive. Our government is very prepared for our vaccination drive to start this Feb. 15.)

There are almost 44.7 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, almost 106.2 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.3 million have died and almost 59.2 million have recovered.

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