The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 93,354 on Friday after a record-high 4,063 new infections were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH).
According to the DOH, 1,705 of these are considered “fresh” or newly validated while 2,358 are reported late.
“As of 4PM today, July 31, 2020, the Department of Health reports the total number of COVID-19 cases at 93,354,” said the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin #139.
These confirmed cases that were added to the country’s growing list of infected came from the records of 74 out of 91 operational laboratories.
The COVID-19 survivors have increased to 65,178 after 165 more were tagged as recovered from the virus.
The death toll, on the other hand, grew to 2,023 after the DOH announced 40 new deaths.
Of the 4,063 additional cases reported, 3,813 (94%) occurred in July.
The top regions with cases in July were:
NCR: 2,153 cases (56%); Region 7: 558 cases (15%); Region 4A: 492 cases (13%).
Of the 40 deaths, 27 (68%) in July, 2 (5%) in June, 2 (5%) in May, 7 (18%) in April, and 2 (5%) in March.
Deaths were from NCR (13 or 33%), Region 7 (12 or 30%), Region 3 (7 or 18%), Region 4A (2 or 5%), Region 6 (2 or 5%), Region 11 (2 or 5%), Region 4B (1 or 2.5%), and Region 9 (1 or 2.5%).
There were 83 duplicates that were removed from the total case count. Of these, 42 recovered cases have been removed.
Moreover, we have updated the health status of 9 cases previously reported as recovered but after final validation were 8 deaths and 1 active case.
These numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation, said the DOH.
The announcement came several hours after the government announced the extension of the relatively relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila despite the continued rise in cases.
It was also a day after the DOH announced more than 38,000 additional recovered patients due to “data reconciliation,” which brought down drastically the country’s number of active cases. /Stacy Ang