The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases surpassed 57,000 on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 836 new infections, bringing the total to 57,006.
Total recoveries also rose to 20,371 after a record-high 4,325 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin #121 said.
The death toll climbed to 1,599 with 65 new fatalities.
Of the 65 reported deaths, 9 (14%) in July, 54 (83%) in June, and 2 (3%) in May. Deaths were from Region 7 (59 or 91%), NCR (4 or 6%), and Region 11 (1 or 2%); 1 case (2%) had an unspecified region. Eighty-nine (89) duplicates were removed from total case count.
The total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation, said the DOH.
These are based on the total tests done by 57 out of 82 current operational labs.
There are also 35,036 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 92.2 percent of which are mild, 7.1 percent of which are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.3 percent are in critical condition.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier attributed the surge in infections, recoveries, and fatalities in recent weeks to the DOH’s efforts to harmonize data with local government units.
Meanwhile, the Philippines had 63 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 22 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 908,779 individuals as of July 11./Stacy Ang