MANILA (UPDATE) — The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has reached 540,227 after the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,235 new coronavirus infections.
The newly reported cases, which do not include data from 8 laboratories, is the lowest since January 28, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team.
The DOH also reported 65 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 11,296 fatalities. This is the 11th straight day that additional deaths counted more than 50.
The case fatality rate has gone up to 2.09%, the highest since July 31 last year, the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team said.
There are also 53 new recovered patients or a total of 499,764 recoveries.
This is the 2nd straight day that the number of additional deaths is higher than additional recoveries.
Of the 29,167 active cases, 88.6% have mild symptoms, 5.5% are asymptomatic, 2.7% are in critical condition, 2.6% have severe symptoms, and 0.61% have moderate symptoms.
Three cases, 2 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official count for being duplicate entries.
There were also 59 recovered cases that turned out to be deaths, according to DOH’s validation.
As the DOH stopped reporting the areas with the most number of additional infections, the OCTA Research Group on Tuesday said the number of new COVID-19 cases in Cebu City continues to exhibit an upward trend.
The group also warned that hospital occupancy in the city might reach critical level or more than 70% utilization in 2 weeks.
For Metro Manila, cases showed “no noticeable increase,” the group said, as with Calabarzon and Central Luzon.
On Tuesday, Philippine authorities conducted a simulation of the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, which are expected to be delivered in the country middle of this month.
The Philippines has lagged behind some of its Southeast Asian neighbors in the rollout of vaccine against the coronavirus.
There are 44.7 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 106.5 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.3 million have died and 59.4 million have recovered.