MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines’ COVID-19 infections is nearing 360,000, official figures showed Monday, with the crisis showing no signs of abating.
In a bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,638 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the third straight day the country registered less than 3,000 cases. The nationwide caseload stood at 359,169.
Fatalities due to the respiratory illness have also increased to 6,675, up 26 from the previous count.
Cases of recoveries jumped by 226, bringing the total of those who were given a clean bill of health to 310,303.
Official figures showed 42,191 patients are still infected by the new coronavirus, of whom 83.1 percent were exhibiting mild symptoms.
According to the DOH, many of Monday's additional cases were from Quezon City (141), Cavite (140), Laguna (128), Batangas (120) and Rizal (108).
The agency said 87 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 76 were tagged as recoveries. Five cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation, it added.
The agency previously explained that the discrepancy was due to the continuing validation process, in which some cases could be duplicates or erroneous entries.
Sixteen laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System (CDRS) on Oct. 18, the DOH added.
Based on a running tally from US-based Johns Hopkins University, almost 40 million cases of the disease have been recorded globally, with the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina topping the list among countries with most infections.
The Philippines is among the top 20 countries with the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world despite imposing one of the strictest and longest lockdowns.
Since surfacing from Wuhan City in China's Hubei province late last year, the disease has claimed the lives of over 1.1 million people, while more than 27.4 million people have recovered.