MANILA (UPDATE)— The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total to 472,532.
This after a couple of days of having fewer than 1,000 new cases per day due to the testing slump attributed to the holidays. Not included in Wednesday’s tally are results from 7 laboratories that failed to submit data on time.
Topping the list of areas with the most number of new cases are Quezon City with 67, Benguet with 57, Makati City with 48, Bulacan with 44, and Laguna with 40.
The DOH also reported 68 new COVID-related deaths, the highest reported in a single day since December 8. This brings the total fatalities to 9,230.
There were also 518 new recovered patients, or a total of 439,509 recoveries.
Active cases stood at 23,793, or 5 percent of the cumulative total. Of these, 79.7% have mild symptoms, 11% are asymptomatic, 5.7% are in critical condition, 3.1% have severe symptoms, and 0.49% have moderate symptoms.
A total of 8 cases, 4 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally because of duplicate entries.
There were also 21 recovered cases that turned out to be deaths upon final validation.
The OCTA Research Group previously estimated around 480,000 total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines by the end of the year.
The country's first confirmed coronavirus infection was recorded 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.
Since the start of the pandemic, almost 82 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1.79 million have died and 46.4 million have recovered.