PH logs 6,100 new COVID-19 cases

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2021 04:01 PM | Updated as of May 20 2021 06:19 PM

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Residents queue for the administration of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Marikina Sports Center on May 19, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines reported 6,100 more COVID-19 infections on Thursday, the highest figure announced in 5 days, bringing the cumulative total in the country to over 1.165 million. 

Of the country's 1,165,155 confirmed coronavirus cases, 59,912 or 4.5 percent are considered active, according to the Department of Health (DOH). 

According to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, after 6 days of declining active cases, it increased again on Thursday, up by 1,894 from Wednesday’s 50,018. 

The number of active cases reported previously has been adjusted for duplicates. 

Deaths climbed to 19,641 after 135 additional fatalities were reported.

These include 71 cases previously announced as recoveries but were reclassified as fatalities after the agency's final validation. 

Meanwhile, there were 4,071 new recoveries, raising the total number of patients who recuperated from the disease to 1,093,602.

The ABS-CBN IRG said the day's recoveries is the lowest announced in 6 days, or since May 14 this year when 2,972 were logged.

The total number of recoveries accounts for 93.9 percent of the Philippines' running total. 

Of the 49,220 samples that were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, 12.6 percent were found to be positive. 

Three testing laboratories failed to submit results on time. 

The 3 laboratories, the DOH noted, contributed only 0.8 percent on the samples tested in the past 2 weeks, where 2.1 percent of those who underwent testing were found positive for COVID-19. 

As of Tuesday, the government was able to administer 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since the rollout began in March. 

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Of this figure, more than 786,000 were second doses. The number of fully vaccinated Filipinos is still far from the 58 million minimum target by yearend to achieve herd immunity.