Philippines' COVID-19 deaths cross 23,000-mark; over 5,000 new cases confirmed

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2021 04:07 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2021 07:26 PM

Philippines' COVID-19 deaths cross 23,000-mark; over 5,000 new cases confirmed 1
A medical worker transfers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine before inoculating Regina Vidal Agbulos, 64, a bedridden patient, in Manila, on June 9, 2021. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines' death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to over 23,000 on Wednesday with 158 fresh fatalities reported, as the country also logged more than 5,000 additional infections. 

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the country now has 23,121 total COVID-related deaths. 

Wednesday's new deaths include 117 cases initially classified as recoveries. 

The case fatality rate is at 1.73 percent, the highest since April 1 this year, noted the ABS-CBN Data Analytics team. 

Except for June 1, 7, 8, and 14, the country had registered over 100 new deaths since May 26, data showed. 

The Philippines breached 22,000 deaths Tuesday last week.

The health department also recorded 5,414 new COVID-19 infections, raising the country's cumulative total to 1,332,832. 

Active cases reached 56,170. This included 375 cases first classified as recoveries, according to the agency.

The day's positivity rate is at 13.7 percent, based on the test results of 36,744 individuals who were checked for COVID-19 on Monday.

Recoveries also increased to 1,253,541 with 7,637 additional recuperations. 

The total recoveries comprise 94.1 percent of the country's total confirmed cases. 

Eleven duplicates, 7 of which were recoveries, have been removed from the country's cumulative total. 

The DOH also said 2 cases, both recoveries, tested negative for COVID-19 and have since been excluded from the running tally. 

Six laboratories failed to submit data on time. 

The country's COVID-19 vaccination rollout is currently in its fourth month, and has so far hit barely 3 percent of its COVID-19 vaccination target as delays mar the distribution of its newly delivered vaccine supplies.

The Philippines has so far been able to administer at least 6.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Sunday, of which 1,879,694 are second doses. 

The government aims to vaccinate at least 58 million of its 108 million population to achieve herd immunity and safely reopen the economy.

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