Philippines reports 4,699 new COVID-19 cases with record 259 deaths

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Philippines reports 4,699 new COVID-19 cases with record 259 deaths
People light a candle at Manila North Cemetery on September 9, 2020.
The STAR / Edd Gumban

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health recorded 4,699 new coronavirus cases Monday, taking the total number of infections to more than 265,000.

The country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 265,888, the highest in Southeast Asia despite enforcing the longest lockdown in the region.

Of the newly-reported cases, nearly 32% were from Metro Manila (1,498), followed by Cavite (221), Bataan (198), Bulacan (185) and Batangas (176).

Eighty-seven percent of the new cases occurred in the last two weeks.


The death toll reached 4,630 after 259 more patients succumbed to COVID-19. Twenty-eight of the additional fatalities happened in September, 110 in August, 97 in July and 22 in June. 

Almost 60% of the newly-announced fatalities were from Metro Manila, while 21% were from Central Visyas. 

"There were 297 cases that were previously reported as recovered but after final validation, they were deaths (253) and active cases (44)," the DOH said.

The DOH also reported 249 more recovered patients, pushing the total number of recoveries to 207,504. The day before, the country saw 20,472 recoveries as part of the department’s time-based and symptoms-based Oplan Recovery program.

The number of active infections stood at 53,754. 

The DOH said it had removed 27 duplicates from the case tally.

Beginning Monday, the distance between commuters in public utility vehicles will be reduced to 0.75 meter from one meter, following the decision of the Department of Transportation to accommodate more passengers.

In response to the new measure, the DOH urged the public to be “extra vigilant in situations where physical distancing cannot be practiced, and if possible, choose to participate in activities or use transport options that can afford at least 1m distancing.”

At least 2.921 million people have been so far tested in the country.

The pandemic has killed 922,000 people globally since surfacing in China late last year. More than 28.88 million cases have been confirmed.



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LATEST UPDATE: November 20, 2021 - 4:10pm

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November 20, 2021 - 4:10pm

The health department registers 1,474 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 2,824,499. 

  • New deaths: 205
  • New recoveries: 2,565
  • Total active cases: 22,070
November 19, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health reports an additional 1,485 COVID-19 infections, bringing the national tally to to 2,823,210.

  • New deaths: 277
  • New recoveries: 1,393
  • Total active cases: 23,200
November 18, 2021 - 4:26pm

The Department of Health registers 1,297 new COVID-19 cases, biringing the national caseload to 2,821,753.

  • New deaths: 305
  • New recoveries: 1,956
  • Total active cases: 23,158
November 10, 2021 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health registers 2,646 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 2,809,311.

  • Active cases: 29,138 or 1.0% of the total
  • Deaths: 99, pushing the count to 44,665
  • Recoveries: 4,029 bringing the number to 2,735,508
November 9, 2021 - 4:11pm

The Department of Health logs 1,409 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 2,806,694.

  • Active cases: 30,544 or 1.1% of the total
  • Deaths: 46, pushing the count to 44,567
  • Recoveries: 2,941 bringing the number to 2,731,583
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