MANILA (UPDATE) — Coronavirus-related fatalities in the Philippines breached the 7,000-mark on Monday, while the country's cumulative total of confirmed infections climbed to 371,630, official government data showed.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 62 additional fatalities due to the infectious disease, bringing the death toll to 7,039. The country recorded its first COVID-19 death on Feb. 1, which was also the first recorded outside mainland China where the virus causing it first emerged.
The country's total cases climbed by 1,607 from the previous day, although Monday's figures do not include data from 16 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
The top provinces and cities with the most number of additional cases were Davao City with 90 cases, Cavite with 88, Rizal with 74, and Negros Occidental and Quezon with 68 each.
The DOH also reported 245 additional recovered patients, or a total of 328,258 recoveries.
The active COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 36,333 or 9.8% of the total. Majority or 82.6% of them have mild symptoms.
This is the 10th straight day that additional cases were below 3,000. While the country recorded its lowest daily tally since Sept. 7 last week, it also saw the highest number of deaths recorded in the last two weeks at 132 on October 23.
Five duplicate cases, including 4 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally. There were also 19 recovered cases that were reclassified after they turned out to be deaths.
On Monday morning, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have been monitoring the state of the pandemic in Mindanao.
“Yes, there are increasing number of cases in certain areas in Mindanao,” she said. However, she explained that the region can still manage its patients.
“We had a meeting yesterday with the regional task force of Region 11,” she added. “Pinag-usapan what we can do, how we can monitor, at tinitignan natin ang numero ng mga kaso dyan.”
(We talked about what we can do, how we can monitor, and we are monitoring the cases there.)
The OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, earlier estimated that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines will reach 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of this month.
Since the start of the pandemic, 43 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.15 million have died and almost 28.97 million have recovered.