MANILA — The Philippines' coronavirus caseload is approaching the 330,000-mark after the country's health department reported 2,825 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 329,637, of which, 49,989 are active infections.
Of the active cases, 85.9% have mild symptoms, 9.4% are asymptomatic, 1.5% have severe symptoms, and 3.3% are in critical condition.
A significant number of the newly-announced cases are from the National Capital Region (1,031 cases), Cavite (243), Batangas (238), Bulacan (173), and Rizal (159).
The DOH said the latest tally did not include reports from 12 testing laboratories that failed to submit data on time.
Of the additional cases, majority or 79% occurred in the last 2 weeks.
The DOH said there are 437 additional recovered patients and 60 new coronavirus-related deaths, 26 of which occurred in October and 20 in September.
The total number of recoveries is 273,723, while the total number of fatalities is 5,925.
A total of 21 cases, 13 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally due to being duplicates or repeat tests.
There were also 14 cases initially tagged as recovered but were found to be deaths after final validation of DOH.
Except for Oct. 4 and Sept. 28, the Philippines has been logging less than 3,000 cases a day since 2 weeks ago.
Earlier this week, the DOH acknowledged a seeming decline in COVID-19 cases. However, it warned the public that there are still areas where more cases are being recorded.
It has yet to explain why the number of laboratories failing to submit their results on time has again gone up in recent days.
The OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, estimates total cases in the country to reach 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of October.
Since last week, the Philippines has been ranking within the Top 20 countries with the most number of total COVID-19 cases, based on the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) coronavirus dashboard.
A total of 35.8 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to JHU. Of those, 1 million have died and almost 25 million have recovered.