COVID-19 tally breaches 383,000; DOH adds 17,727 recoveries
Health authorities' latest case bulletin also saw another “mass recovery” of 17,727 patients to go with an additional 17 deaths, bringing their totals to 348,760 and 7,238, respectively.
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COVID-19 tally breaches 383,000; DOH adds 17,727 recoveries

(Philstar.com) - November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The total coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections recorded in the country hit 383,113 Sunday, the Department of Health said, after recording 2,396 more cases in the country. 

Health authorities' latest case bulletin also saw another “mass recovery” of 17,727 patients to go with an additional 17 deaths, bringing their totals to 348,760 and 7,238, respectively. 

Accounting for the deaths and recoveries, there are still 27,115 active cases of COVID-19 in the country as of Sunday afternoon. 

Sunday’s additions bring the recovery rate in the Philippines to 91%, up from 89% on Sunday, October 25. 

Globally, 46.4 million cases have been recorded since the pathogen first emerged in December, leading to over 1.2 million deaths. 

The day before, the Department of Health logged another 1,803 infections. Over the past week, the national caseload rose by 13,085. The week before, it increased by 13,410. 

Contrary to Palace claims, data from business data platform Statista shows that among the 31 countries most impacted by pathogen, the Philippines sits at the 27th spot in a number of tests conducted.

READ: Roque gives government COVID-19 response a grade of 85

As of Sunday, the Philippines tests 42,885 per million of its population. 

All this comes as the country also reckons with the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, which reports say has already claimed at least four lives as of this post. Thousands have been forced to seek shelter in evacuation centers, where minimum health standards are harder to observe.  

President Rodrigo Duterte—who was absent at Sunday afternoon's press briefing on the status of the typhoon—has routinely emphasized in his public addresses that securing a vaccine is the only solution to the Philippines' coronavirus situation moving forward.

Until then, the Philippines continues to log cases by the thousand. 

It has been 229 days since the first imposition of enhanced community quarantine, and the national government continues to struggle with curbing the spread of the disease, leaning instead on what advocates and analysts alike call a militarized approach to a medical problem. 

— Franco Luna with reports from Bella Perez-Rubio and Agence France-Presse 

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: June 20, 2021 - 4:07pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

June 20, 2021 - 4:07pm

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines rise to 1,359,015 with 5,803 new cases reported Sunday.

  • Recoveries: 7,652 new; 1,277,715 total
  • Deaths: 84 new; 23,621 total
  • Active cases: 57,679 or 4.2% of total
June 18, 2021 - 5:16pm

Doctors in General Santos City, which is under a general community quarantine, are appealing to local government to impose a hard lockdown as they deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Fidel Peñamante, president of the Philippine Medical Association-General Santos chapter, says in a Philippine News Agency report, that the number of patients admitted to COVID-19 referral hospitals doubled in two weeks.

“During the first wave last year, it took three months until we recorded 40 deaths. In the current wave, we reached that number in just one and a half months,” Peñamante says.

June 17, 2021 - 6:53pm

The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 resolves to recommend the mandatory wearing of face shields indoors, such as hospitals, schools, workplaces and commercial establishments.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says while waiting for the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte on the recommendation, the existing policy on the use of face shields will remain.

"The wearing of face shields such stays, such in food establishments, malls and public markets), public transport and terminals, and places of worship," Roque says.

June 17, 2021 - 4:19pm

The DOH logs 6,637 new coronavirus cases in the Philippines, pushing the total to 1,339,457.

  • Recoveries: 4,585 new; 1,257,774 total
  • Deaths: 155 new; 23, 278 total
  • Active cases: 58,407 or 4.4% of total
June 16, 2021 - 4:11pm

Health authorities report 5,414 new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, pushing the national caseload to 1,332,832.

  • Recoveries: 7,637 new; 1,253,541 total
  • Deaths: 158 new; 23,121 total
  • Active cases: 56,170 or 4.2% of total
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