COVID-19 cases in Philippines top 550,000 with 1,685 new infections

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 15 2021 04:09 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2021 06:19 PM

COVID-19 cases in Philippines top 550,000 with 1,685 new infections 1
Health workers participate in a COVID-19 vaccination simulation at Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School, in Mandaluyong City on Jan. 27, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health (DOH) logged 1,685 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the country's total to 550,860.

The additional data do not include reports from 6 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.

The DOH also reported 2 additional COVID-related deaths, the lowest since July 21, 2020, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team. The death toll stood at 11,517.

The agency noted though that there were 2 cases previously tagged as recovered that were reclassified as deaths.

There were also 14 additional recovered patients or a total of 511,755 recoveries.

Of the 27,588 active cases, 86.6% have mild symptoms, 6.9% are asymptomatic, 2.8% are in critical condition, 2.8% have severe symptoms, and 0.86% have moderate symptoms.

One case was removed from the official tally for being a duplicate entry, the DOH said.

There are a total of 44 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines with the more transmissible variant from the United Kingdom.

However, the DOH said there is still no evidence showing there is community transmission of the UK variant, owing partly to challenges in sourcing samples from other regions.

Currently, there are 45.3 million people infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 108.8 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 2.4 million have died and 61.1 million have recovered.

The Philippines expects to receive this month its initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines.


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