DOH records 2,261 add’l COVID-19 cases; total infections top 348,000

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2020 04:02 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2020 06:51 PM

Commuters wearing face shields wait for a ride home in front of the Kartilya ng Katipunan monument, just outside the Manila City hall on October 14, 2020. Commuter woes were made worse as the limited transportation was compounded by the arrival of tropical depression Ofel brought rains to different parts of the country. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines on Thursday reported 2,261 newly-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, raising the nationwide caseload to 348,698.

This was the 3rd straight day that newly announced cases counted fewer than 2,500, according to ABS-CBN Data Analytics.

Of the day's additional cases, 1,921 or 85 percent occurred within the last 2 weeks, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The top regions with cases in the recent 14 days were NCR (456), Region 4A (398) and Region 8 (176).

Fourteen out of the more than 100 accredited testing laboratories failed to submit their data on time, the health department said.

Cases of recoveries jumped by 385 over the previous day, according to the health department's latest bulletin. The total number of recoveries stood at 294,161.

The country also recorded 50 additional fatalities from the respiratory illness, taking the death toll to 6,497. Of the newly reported deaths, 34 occurred this month, 9 in September, and 5 in August.

Active infections in the country, meanwhile, are 48,040, of which 84.6 percent of the patients are exhibiting mild symptoms, the DOH said.

A total of 99 duplicates were removed from the total tally. Of these, 77 were tagged as recovered cases. Two deaths were also removed.

Meanwhile, 7 cases initially tagged as recoveries were found to be deaths after final validation.

The OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, said that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines would reach around 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of this month.

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According to the Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) coronavirus dashboard, more than 38.5 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 globally since the start of the pandemic. Of those, more than 1.1 million have died and almost 26.7 million have recovered.

To date, the Philippines is among the top 20 countries with the most number of total COVID-19 infections, claiming the 18th spot, based on the JHU tally.