MANILA (UPDATE) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines climbed to 580,442 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,067 new COVID-19 cases.
This is the 6th straight day that additional infections counted more than 2,000.
Tuesday's tally did not include data from 8 laboratories that failed to submit results on time.
The DOH also announced 47 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 12,369 fatalities, accounting for 2.13 percent of the cumulative total cases.
There are also 144 new recovered patients or a total of 534,463 recoveries.
Active cases in the country stood at 33,610 or 5.8 percent of the cumulative total.
Of those currently battling the disease, 89.8% have mild symptoms, 4.8% are asymptomatic, 2.3% are in critical condition, 2.2% have severe symptoms, and 0.85% have moderate symptoms.
A total of 6 cases, 2 tagged a recovered, were removed from the official tally for being duplicate entries.
There were also 30 cases tagged as recovered that turned out to be deaths.
The Philippines, which started Monday its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, especially in some parts of the National Capital Region and Region 7. Among the cities showing a large increase in cases are Cebu, Pasay, Quezon, Manila, and Lapu-Lapu.
Analysts are saying it might be linked to the presence of new and more transmissible COVID-19 variants in the country, including those from the United Kingdom and South Africa.
The DOH said there is still not enough evidence to say that there is community transmission of the new variants although there is local transmission of the UK variant in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The OCTA Group said if the trend continues, the Philippines might see a total 665,000 total COVID-19 cases and 14,000 total fatalities by the end of the month.
The spread of the virus continues as the country has started vaccinating health workers in COVID-dedicated hospitals. The government aims to inoculate up to 70 million to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.
There are more than 47.3 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, almost 114.5 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, more than 2.5 million have died and almost 64.7 million have recovered.
The Philippines logged its first COVID-19 case on Jan. 30 last year in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged in late 2019.