MANILA (UPDATE) — The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 412,097 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,383 additional patients.
This is the 9th straight day that the daily tally is below 2,000. However, the count does not include data from 17 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
Of the additional cases, 81 are from Cavite, 74 from Laguna, 71 from Batangas, 69 from Quezon City, and 67 from Rizal.
The DOH reported 95 additional COVID-related deaths, the highest since November 9. This takes the death toll to 7,957.
There were also 143 additional recovered patients, or a total of 374,666 recoveries.
The total number of active cases stood at 29,474. Of those, 83.8% have mild symptoms, 8.3% are asymptomatic, 4.9% are in critical condition, 2.7% have severe symptoms, and 0.22% have moderate symptoms.
The DOH removed 4 duplicate cases, 2 of which were tagged as recovered, from the official tally. There were also 18 recovered cases that were reclassified as deaths.
The DOH confirmed on Monday that the Philippines is seeing a declining trend in COVID-19 cases in the country, which recorded its first confirmed infection on Jan. 30.
However, the OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, pointed out in its latest report that Baguio City and Davao City are seeing a spike in cases.
On the other hand, it noted that the Visayas did not have a high risk locality in the last week despite high cases previously seen in Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod.
Since the start of the pandemic, almost 55.7 million people around the world have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.3 million have died and 35.8 million have recovered. Almost 18.5 million people are currently infected or are considered active cases.
Development of vaccine and treatment for COVID-19 is still underway.