COVID-19 cases in PH exceed 360,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) -- The Philippines’ coronavirus tally topped 360,000 on Tuesday, with the Department of Health (DOH) confirming 1,640 new cases.

The case count is now at 360,775, wherein 43,443, or 12 percent, are active cases or currently ill patients.

The DOH noted, however, that 15 testing laboratories failed to submit their data on time and were not yet included in the latest count.

According to the case report, Cavite province and Quezon City recorded the highest number of new infections nationwide with 86 each. Batangas came next with 69, followed by Bulacan with 62, and the City of Manila with 61.

Health officials also confirmed 17 new fatalities, of which 11 occurred in October and six in the months of April and September. These raised the country’s coronavirus death toll to 6,690.

Meanwhile, 369 more patients recuperated, with the recovery count rising to 310,642.

The DOH said 34 duplicates were removed from the overall tally as part of its data cleaning process, including 26 recoveries and two deaths. It added that four cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.

Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, reported on Monday that some areas in the country have seen a rise in their cases over the past two weeks, including Ilagan City, Baguio City, and Bukidnon.

Galvez added that NTF officials will visit a number of areas nationwide to assist local government units with their COVID-19 response.

Cases abroad

In a related development, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 26 more overseas Filipinos have been infected with COVID-19. Another 33 patients recovered while three succumbed to the disease.

The department has now logged 11,178 cases among Filipinos abroad, including 7,234 survivors and 815 fatalities.

Worldwide, the Johns Hopkins University's dashboard showed 40.4 million have contracted the virus. Over 1.1 million have died while some 27.7 million have recovered.