The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines has breached the 69,000 mark on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,521 more infections—1,209 “fresh” and 312 reported “late”—bringing the total to 68,898.
The figure marks the sixth consecutive day where over 1,300 new cases were reported.
The five provinces with the highest number of new infections were Metro Manila with 1,237, Cavite with 51, Laguna with 51, Rizal with 34, and Davao del Sur with 22.
Death toll climbed to 1,835 with four new fatalities, according to DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin #128.
Total recoveries also rose to 23,072 after 607 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness.
“Of the 4 deaths, all deaths occurred in July 2020. Deaths were from Region 7 (2 or 50%), NCR (1 or 25%) and Region 11 (1 or 25%),” the DOH said.
“Seventy-nine 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.
There are also 43,991 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 90.6 percent of which are mild, 8.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.5 percent are in critical condition.
The DOH said figures reported were based on data submitted by 62 out of the 84 operational laboratories.
The department also removed 79 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections./Stacy Ang