MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippines on Thursday has recorded a total of 331,869 COVID-19 cases, of which, 6,069 resulted in deaths.
This after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 2,363 additional confirmed infections and 144 new fatalities due to the disease, the fifth highest number of deaths reported in a single day.
This is the fourth straight day that the daily tally of cases is below 3,000, although the DOH reported that 20 testing laboratories were not able to submit their results.
Of the newly-announced cases, 858 are from the National Capital Region (NCR), 309 from Cavite, 139 from Batangas, 112 from Rizal, and 97 from Bulacan.
A majority or 79% of the additional cases occurred in the last 2 weeks.
The DOH also announced 697 additional recovered patients, or a total of 274,318 recoveries.
Of the 144 additional deaths, 47 occurred this month, 46 occurred in August, 26 in September, and 25 in July.
ABS-CBN Data Analytics Head Edson Guido said the tally shows that deaths are now growing faster than cases in recent weeks. He also noted that the case fatality rate rose to 1.83%, the highest since August 5.
Guido said the Philippines might log 10,000 deaths before the year ends, if the current trend continues.
The country's active cases are 51,482.
A total of 131 duplicate cases, 54 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official count.
The DOH also reclassified 48 recovered cases after finding out that they were deaths.
Except for Oct. 4 and Sept. 28, the Philippines has been logging less than 3,000 cases a day for more than two weeks already.
The DOH said on Monday that the average number of newly-announced cases per day has gone down recently to 2,400 from around 3,000 in the past weeks. The decline was attributed to improved COVID-19 response of the government.
However, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Filipinos should not be complacent since they are still monitoring increasing cases in some parts of the country.
Starting late last week, the Philippines has been in the top 20 countries with the most number of cumulative COVID-19 cases, based on the tally of the US-based Johns Hopkins University.
The OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, estimates that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines will reach 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of October.