PH logs 766 add’l COVID-19 cases; DOH says fewer people getting tested due to holidays

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2020 04:04 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2020 06:37 PM

PH logs 766 add’l COVID-19 cases; DOH says fewer people getting tested due to holidays 1
Passengers catch the bus at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Health on Monday recorded 766 new COVID-19 cases, lower than the more than a thousand cases tallied daily this month. This brings the total number of cases to 470,650.

“We are still continuing to see a decrease in cases over the holiday season (December 24 to January 4). This is due to the decreased number of patients being tested as many people want to celebrate the holidays at home,” the DOH said in its advisory.

Topping the areas with the most number of new infections are Davao City with 60, Quezon City with 46, Benguet with 41, Laguna with 39, and Rizal with 37.

The DOH also reported 15 new COVID-related deaths, or a total of 9,124.

Meanwhile, there are 104 additional recovered patients or a total of 438,780 recoveries.

Of the 22,746 active cases, 80% have mild symptoms, 10.4% are asymptomatic, 6% are in critical condition, 3.2% have severe symptoms, and 0.44% have moderate symptoms.

The DOH said 175 laboratories submitted test results to them on December 26, with 8 laboratories closed that day.

“Out of the 175 open laboratories, 27 reported seeing zero patients, while many others were observed to have decreased census,” it said. “14 laboratories did not submit any report and were called to attention for this lapse in reporting.” This resulted in only 883 new cases recorded for Sunday. 

For December 27, six laboratories were unable to submit their results on time.

Because of duplicate entries, DOH on Monday said it removed 2 cases from its official tally. One of them was tagged as recovered. There was also another recovered case that turned out to be a fatality. 

The DOH assured the public that it is monitoring the operating schedules of COVID-19 laboratories for the next 2 weeks.

“We are reminding all LGUs to ensure that contact tracing and case investigation efforts are maintained over the holidays so that no potential cases are missed,” it said, adding that contact tracing should be done even with test results not yet released.

The Philippines confirmed its first 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.

The OCTA Research Group previously estimated around 480,000 total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines by the end of the year.

Since the start of the pandemic, 80.8 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, more than 1.7 million have died and 45.7 million have recovered. The remaining 33.3 million are active cases.



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