Philippines records 1,521 new COVID-19 cases, NCR logs most cases for 5th straight day


Posted at Jul 20 2020 04:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2020 05:53 PM

A second drive-thru testing center, featuring 6 lanes for four-wheel vehicles, tricycles, pedicabs, motorcycles, and bicycles, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila opens for a soft launch on July 18, 2020, with regular operations starting on July 20 from Monday to Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Philippines on Monday reported 1,521 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the country’s total to 68,898.

Of the confirmed cases, 43,991 were deemed active, of which 90.6 percent were classified as mild, 8.5 percent were asymptomatic, 0.4 percent were severe and 0.5 percent were critical. 

The National Capital Region (NCR) had the most number of new cases at 1,237. This was the fifth straight day that NCR had more than a thousand new cases.

NCR was followed by Cavite and Laguna with 51 cases each, Rizal province with 34 cases and Davao del Sur with 22 cases.

The Department of Health also reported 607 new recoveries, pushing the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the disease to 23,072.

Four more deaths were reported from the illness, bringing COVID-19’s death toll in the Philippines to 1,835. 

All of the 4 deaths occurred in July 2020. Two died in Region 7, 1 died in NCR and 1 more died in Region 11.

DOH data also showed 1,087,528 individuals have been tested so far in the country as of Sunday afternoon.

Over 14 million people have been infected by novel coronavirus since it was first reported in China in late 2019. The disease has killed more than 600,000 all over the world according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. 

The United States has reported the most number of infections at over 3.7 million. The US also has over 140,000 deaths, the most in the world. 

The US is followed by Brazil with over 2 million infections and over 78,000 deaths.