PH records 2,163 new COVID-19 cases as total hits 502,736

CNN Philippines – Jan 18, 2021 7:00:00 PM

Metro Manila — The country logged 2,163 new coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing the overall tally to 502,736.

Active cases account for 26,839 or 5.3% of the total infected, the Department of Health’s latest report showed.

Davao City contributed the highest number of new infections with 134, followed by Cagayan with 100, Quezon City with 99, Leyte with 93, and Cavite with 75.

Fourteen more patients also died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 9,909.

Meanwhile, the recovery count slightly rose to 465,988 with only two new survivors reported. This is the lowest daily rise in recoveries since April last year.

The DOH said the updated case count does not yet include data from four testing laboratories which failed to submit on time. It added that after final validation, three cases mistakenly reported as recoveries were reclassified as deaths, while four duplicates were removed from the overall tally.

In its Jan. 17 report, the independent research group OCTA said that average daily new cases in Metro Manila over the past week stood at 430, which is up 45% from the average during the holidays. Experts earlier explained that the rise may be attributed to more people getting themselves tested after the holidays, as well as testing laboratories resuming normal operations.

OCTA added that in the country’s capital region, the reproduction number — or the average number of people infected by a single patient —is holding steady at around 1.12. This means that while new infections are “still on an upward trend, [it] has remained the same over the past week.”

Meanwhile, the group has raised alarm over the rising cases in Benguet, which it noted has pushed the province’s hospital occupancy rate past critical level. It also said Benguet’s positivity rate — or the percentage of those infected out of all tested — averaged at 16% the past week, significantly higher than the ideal rate of below 5% set by the World Health Organization.

Among Filipinos abroad, confirmed cases climbed to 13,591 after 48 more tested positive, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. It also listed 55 new recoveries and three deaths, bringing the total figures to 8,682 and 941, respectively.

Worldwide, the coronavirus has infected over 95 million people and claimed the lives of more than two million, based on the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Global recoveries currently stand at around 52.3 million.


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