MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday reported 634 additional COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,545.
The additional cases are relatively lower than the recent week’s reports that ranged from around 1,000 to more than 2,000 cases daily.
Of the additional cases, 302 are “fresh cases,” which refer to test results released within the last 3 days, and 332 are “late cases," or those released at least four days ago.
The newly reported cases come from the following areas: 360 from the National Capital Region (NCR), 58 from Laguna, 32 from Cebu province, 23 from Bulacan and 21 from Cavite.
The NCR, Region 4-A and Region 7 are the three areas that have seen a rise in cases, according to the DOH.
The DOH also logged 88 additional recovered patients, raising the total recoveries to 20,459.
In a televised briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said these include those who recuperated in March, April and May, which were added after the DOH reconciled data with local government units.
The death toll is up by 6 to 1,603.
“Sa anim (6) na deaths na ito, ang apat (4) naman po ay nangyari nitong July at ang dalawa (2) ay noong June,” Vergeire said.
(Of the 6 deaths, 4 occurred in July, and 2 in June.)
Half (or 3) of the additional deaths were from the NCR, 2 are from Region 7, and 1 is from Region 5.
“All 6 deaths are aged 60 years old and above,” Vergeire said, reminding the public to help protect the elderly population from the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The active cases, or those who are still infected with COVID-19, are 35,483.
Of those, 91.4% have mild symptoms, 7.7% are asymptomatic, 0.4% have severe symptoms, and 0.5% are in critical condition.
The data reported by the DOH is from 65 of 82 government-accredited laboratories.
The agency said 95 duplicate cases were removed from the total count, including two cases that were in the death count.
“The total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation,” the DOH said.
Besides increasing number of cases, more hospitals have also been reporting full occupancy of their COVID-dedicated wards.
But the DOH assured the public that the country’s health sector can still manage the rise in cases.
There have been 13.1 million people worldwide infected with COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 573,000 have died while almost 7.3 million have already recovered.