COVID-19 cases in PH now over 370,000; death toll inches closer to 7,000

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The Philippines' coronavirus tally hits past 370,000, of whom 35,015 or nine percent are currently ill patients, the Department of Health says. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) — The Philippines' coronavirus tally hit past 370,000 on Sunday with 2,223 new confirmed infections, while the death toll edged nearer to the 7,000-mark, the Department of Health said.

The DOH announced the number of cases has reached 370,028, wherein 35,015 or nine percent are active cases.

Of these currently ill patients, 82 percent experience mild symptoms, 11.3 percent have no symptoms, 2.4 percent are severe cases, while 4.2 percent are in critical condition, the latest report detailed.

The department clarified, however, that 16 laboratories were not able to submit their case reports on time and were not yet included in the latest count.

It also announced an additional 14,944 recoveries, mostly from its Oplan Recovery program which automatically tags a patient as having recovered after undergoing quarantine for a certain amount of days and after symptoms disappeared upon a doctor's assessment.

With this, the country's COVID-19 survivors surged to 328,036, which account for some 88 percent of the case count.

Meanwhile, 43 more patients died of the illness, with the death toll climbing to 6,977. Of the newly logged fatalities, 29 happened in October, and the other 14 transpired in May to September.

The DOH said Quezon City listed the highest number of new infections nationwide at 112. Laguna came next with 111 more infected residents, followed by Rizal with 109, Cavite with 79, and Batangas with 74.

It also noted that it removed 14 duplicates from the overall case tally as part of its data cleaning process, and that 11 cases previously reported as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.