MANILA— There are now 299,361 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines as the Department of Health recorded 2,630 more infections on Friday.
This is the 4th straight day that the daily tally is below 3,000.
Topping the list of areas with additional cases is the National Capital Region with 1,091 cases, Cavite with 196, Laguna with 171, Negros Occidental with 142 and Rizal with 141. Of the newly-announced cases, majority or 88% are from the last 2 weeks.
The DOH also recorded 494 additional recovered patients or a total of 232,399 recoveries.
Of the 69 additional coronavirus-related deaths, 43 occurred in September. Total fatalities are now at 5,196.
This brings the total number of active cases or current infections to 61,766. Only 3 laboratories failed to submit their data on time.
A total of 24 duplicate cases, 8 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally.
“Moreover, 15 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified to deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday that the delay in laboratory submissions no longer affect the daily tally since most are already complying with their requirements.
She also said that there are now more cases coming from Metro Manila.
It is unclear yet why the daily tally of additional cases are lower than previous weeks that usually range around 3,000 to 4,000 a day. But for Tuesday’s 1,633 cases, the DOH said it might be due to the low number of tests conducted over the weekend, especially since more than a third of laboratories do not operate on Sundays. It also cited the delayed processing or reporting of laboratories.
The DOH said earlier this week that they are still studying if the current number of cases is an accurate reflection of the actual COVID-19 situation in the country.
The UP OCTA Research Group earlier estimated that the Philippines would have 310,000 to 330,000 total COVID-19 cases by the end of September.
There have been more than 32.2 million people infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. More than 983,000 of them have died while 22.25 million have recovered.