COVID-19 death toll in Philippines tops 5,000

23-Sep-2020 Intellasia | PhilStar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The coronavirus crisis in the Philippines has claimed more than 5,000 lives as the country’s caseload rose to over 291,000, the Department of Health reported Tuesday.

The DOH registered 50 new deaths, pushing the toll to 5,049. Of the new deaths, 20 came from virus epicenter Metro Manila, 10 from Western Visayas and eight from Calabarzon.

A bulk of the newly-reported deaths happened in September, while eight occurred in August, three in July and one in April.

The Philippines recorded the second highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia with 9,677 deaths as of Monday.

Health authorities reported the country’s first fatality related to COVID-19a 44-year-old Chinese manon February 2. The tourist was also the first known fatality outside China.

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines increased to 291,789 after 1,635 more people got infected. Nearly 88 percent of the additional cases occurred in the last two weeks.

Metro Manila reported the highest number of new infections with 583, followed by Cavite with 102, Iloilo with 97, Risal with 67 and Cebu with 57.

The DOH also logged 450 additional recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 230,643.

Active cases stood at 56,097 Tuesday. Of the figure, 86.4 percent were mild, 9.2 percent were asymptomatic, 1.3 percent were severe and 3.1 percent were critical.

The DOH said only nine laboratories were not able to submit their data to the agency.

More than 3.22 million people have been tested for the disease.

In a speech Monday evening, President Rodrigo Duterte said the only things that people can do is “wear a face mask and that’s it and wait for the vaccine.”

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 31.2 million individuals, with over 963,000 deaths since it emerged in China late last year.


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