PH logs 1,314 new COVID-19 cases; total deaths breach 9,000

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 22 2020 04:01 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2020 08:02 PM

PH logs 1,314 new COVID-19 cases; total deaths breach 9,000 1
Catholic devotees observe health protocols as they attend the first Simbang Gabi (Misa De Gallo) Mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sto. Niño de Tondo in Manila on December 16, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,314 additional COVID-19 cases or a total of 462,815 confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines.

This is the 4th straight day that new cases counted fewer than 2,000, although 10 laboratories were unable to submit their results on time.

Sixty-six new COVID-related deaths, the highest reported in the last 2 weeks, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team, were also recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 9,021.

With 247 additional recovered patients, total recoveries climbed to 429,419.

Of the 24,375 active cases, 82.6% have mild symptoms, 8.5% are asymptomatic, 5.7% are in critical condition, 2.9% have severe symptoms, and 0.31% have moderate symptoms.

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Topping the list of areas with the most number of new cases are Quezon City with 93, Rizal with 89, Benguet with 78, Bulacan with 61, and Davao City with 60.

Outbreaks were previously reported in Davao City and Benguet, the latter due to the spread of COVID-19 in mining towns.

The DOH said it had to remove 4 recovered cases from the official tally because of duplicate entries.

There were also 31 cases classified as recovered that turned out to be deaths.

“There were also 2 cases that were previously reported as died but after final validation, they were recoveries,” the DOH said.

The OCTA Research Group said last week that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may reach 480,000 to 500,000 by the end of the year.

Since the start of the pandemic, 77.4 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.7 million have died and almost 43.7 million have recovered. This means almost 31.9 million people are currently infected with COVID-19.

The Philippines recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Jan. 30 in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged late last year.