MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday logged 1,773 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 431,630.
It has been 10 months since the Philippines logged its first confirmed COVID-19 case in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged.
Of the 1,773 new cases, 104 are from Rizal, 99 from Cavite, 88 from Negros Occidental, 79 from Davao City, and 72 from Laguna.
The additional tally does not include data from 11 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
Of the total recorded infections, 24,580 are active cases. Majority or 83.5% of these are mild cases, 7.5% are asymptomatic, 5.7% are in critical condition, 3% have severe symptoms and 0.31% have moderate symptoms.
The DOH recorded 19 additional COVID-related deaths or a total of 8,392 fatalities, and 44 additional recovered patients or a total of 398,658 recoveries.
A total of 7 cases, 4 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally for being duplicate entries.
There were also 6 cases classified as recovered that turned out to be deaths.
Before Sunday’s 2,076 cases, the country was logging less than 2,000 new patients for more than half a month.
Both the DOH and the OCTA Research Group said there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the past weeks.
The increase has been attributed to the possible spread of the disease in evacuation centers and the increased mobility of people because of the upcoming holiday season.
The OCTA Research Group said that if the trend continues, the Philippines's cumulative total of cases might reach 500,000 by the end of the year.
Since the start of the pandemic, almost 62.8 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.46 million have died and almost 40.2 million have recovered.