COVID-19 cases in Philippines hit 359,169 with 2,638 new infections

20-Oct-2020 Intellasia | PhilStar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines reached 359,169 Monday after the Department of Health reported 2,638 new infections.

Most of the additional cases were from Quezon City with 141 patients. Cavite followed with 140 new cases, then Laguna with 128, Batangas with 120 and Risal with 108.

Of the newly-reported infections, 73 percent or 1,932 occurred in the last two weeks.

Residents pray during the motorcade of the replica Image of Our Lady of Fatima and the Blessed Sacrament at Barangay Villa Maria Clara in Quezon City on October 18, 2020 in celebration of the month of the Most Holy Rosary. (The Star)

Residents pray during the motorcade of the replica Image of Our Lady of Fatima and the Blessed Sacrament at Barangay Villa Maria Clara in Quezon City on October 18, 2020 in celebration of the month of the Most Holy Rosary. (The Star)

Twenty-six more patients died from the severe respiratory illness, bringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 6,675. Most of the additional fatalities occurred in October (15).

DOH also recorded the recovery of 226 more people. The department announced Sunday 14,941 additional recoveries as part of its weekly Oplan Recovery Programme. Under this scheme, mild and asymptomatic cases are tagged as recoveries following the World Health Organization’s discharging criteria.

To date, 310,303 people in the country have recovered from COVID-19.

Excluding deaths and recoveries, the total number of active cases stands at 42,191. Of these, 83.1 percent exhibit mild symptoms, while 11.3 percent are asymptomatic, 2.1 percent are severe and 3.6 percent are critical.

Last week, the government allowed travel “for any purpose” between general community quarantine and modified MGCQ areas subject to “reasonable” regulations by local government units. It also allowed individuals who are 15 to 65 years old to leave their homes.

Filipinos are also now allowed to leave the country after the government lifted its ban on non-essential outbound travel.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected 39.88 million people, with over 1.11 million deaths.

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