DOH reports 1,664 add’l COVID-19 cases, total infections breach 363,000

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2020 04:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2020 07:08 PM

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MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippines recorded 1,664 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the nationwide caseload to 363,888, data from the health department showed.

This marks the third straight day that the daily additional cases counted fewer than 2,000. The last time this happened was on July 27 to 29, according to ABS-CBN Data Analytics.

Of the newly-reported cases, 1,526 or 92 percent occurred within the last 2 weeks. The top regions with cases in the recent 14 days were NCR (438), Region 4A (235) and Region 6 (170).

Cases of recoveries jumped by 843 over the previous day, the Department of Health (DOH) said in its latest bulletin. The total number of recoveries stood at 312,333.

The disease-causing virus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has claimed 38 more lives in the Philippines. The death toll climbed to 6,783.

The country has 44,772 active infections, of which 83.6 percent of the patients are exhibiting mild symptoms, official DOH figures showed.

The province of Cavite led the areas in the country that recorded the highest daily additional cases, with 81. The cities of Malabon and Davao both recorded 76 new cases, followed by Iloilo City and Quezon City with 75 and 69, respectively.

The health department has recently included cities in reporting of new infections to ensure prompt response against the virus.

A total of 19 duplicates were removed from the total tally, the DOH said. Of these, 5 were tagged as recovered cases. Two fatalities were also removed.

Meanwhile, 11 cases initially tagged as recoveries were found to be deaths after validation.

A total of 9 laboratories out of the 136 accredited testing laboratories failed to submit their data on time, the DOH said.

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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.

According to the Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) coronavirus dashboard, more than 41.2 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus globally since the start of the pandemic. Of those, more than 1.1 million have died, and more than 28 million have recovered.

To date, the Philippines claimed the 20th spot among the top countries with the most number of cumulative COVID-19 cases, according to the JHU tally.