BREAKING! PH COVID-19 updates:  76,444 cases;  1,879 deaths;  24,502 recoveries

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has reached 50,063, following 2,103 additional cases reported on Friday.

This brings the total number of cases to 76,444, according to DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin  #132.

Of the total additional cases, 1,029 are “fresh cases,” which refer to test results released within the last 3 days, and 1,074 are “late cases,” or those released at least four days ago.

Active cases refer to patients who are still infected with COVID-19 and have not yet recovered.

Of the 2,103 cases, which is the 7th highest reported in a single day, 1,272 are from the National Capital Region, 291 are from Cebu province, 107 from Laguna, 83 from Rizal and 53 from Cavite.

Since the easing of quarantine measures and the gradual opening up of the economy, new COVID-19 cases in NCR steadily increased, while Cebu island was identified as an emerging hotspot for COVID-19 cases. Region 4A or Calabarzon, which is near NCR, also saw an increase in cases.

The data comes from 78 out of 90 current operational laboratories.

During a televised briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported 144 additional recovered patients or a total of 24,502 recoveries.

There are also 15 additional COVID-related deaths or a total of 1,879 fatalities.

“Of the 15 deaths, 11 (73%) in July, 3 (20%) in June, 1 (7%) in April. Deaths were from Region 7 (13 or 87%), Region 3 (1 or 7%) and Region 6 (1 or 7%),” the DOH said.

Vergeire said this brings the Philippine case fatality rate to 2.36%.

The DOH said it removed 49 duplicate cases, including 2 deaths, from the previous tally.

“Moreover, we have updated the health status of five (5) cases previously reported as deaths but after final validation were all recovered.These numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation,” the DOH said./Stacy Ang

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