MANILA (UPDATE) — For the 7th straight day on Monday, the daily tally of new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is fewer than 2,000, with the Department of Health (DOH) reporting 1,738 newly confirmed infections.
This brings the total number of recorded COVID-19 cases in the country to 409,574, of which, 27,369, or 6.7 percent, are active.
Monday's additional cases do not include data from 9 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
Of the active cases, 83% have mild symptoms, 8.5% are asymptomatic, 5.3% are in critical condition, 3% have severe symptoms and 0.20% have moderate symptoms.
The DOH logged 45 newly-recovered patients, raising the total recoveries to 374,366.
The death toll, meanwhile, climbed by 7 to 7,839.
Of the additional cases, 140 were from Davao City, 117 from Cavite, 89 from Rizal, 87 from Laguna, and 79 from Batangas.
A total of 15,210 people were tested for COVID the day before. Six percent or 906 of them tested positive.
Two duplicate cases, tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally. Another 6 recovered cases were found out to be deaths.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday acknowledged the declining trend of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.
She said even COVID-19 clusters in hotspots have decreased.
However, she said people should not be complacent, especially with many Filipinos forced to stay in evacuation centers after the onslaught of the recent typhoons.
She said it is possible to see a surge in cases because of the evacuation but measures are in place to enforce minimum health standards.
The country's first COVID-19 case was confirmed on Jan. 30 in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged.
Since the start of the pandemic, 54.4 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.3 million have died and almost 35 million have recovered. This means around 18 million people are currently infected.