Philippines’ COVID-19 tally now over 375,000 with 2,053 new cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) — The nationwide tally of coronavirus cases reached 375,180 on Wednesday, as the Department of Health reported 2,053 new infections.

Of the total count, 38,955 or 10.4 percent are currently ill patients.

The report showed the highest rise in new cases was seen in Caloocan City, which logged 108 more infected residents. Also included in the top five are Quezon City with 103, Negros Occidental with 97, Benguet with 93, and Rizal with 85.

A new set of 540 recovered patients also raised the number of survivors to 329,111, the DOH said. This accounts for 87.7 percent of the total case count.

Meanwhile, the death toll struck 7,114 with 61 new deaths.

Seventeen out of 140 laboratories failed to submit their case reports on time and were not yet included in the latest count, according to DOH.

It added that it removed 17 duplicates, including 14 recoveries, from the overall case tally as part of its constant data cleaning process. After final validation, 17 cases mistakenly reported as recoveries were also retagged as deaths.

Twenty new infections were also reported among overseas Filipinos, along with six recoveries and another death, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. These brought the total figures to 11,224 detected cases, which include 7,254 recoveries and 817 fatalities.

Worldwide, cases have topped 44 million, data from the Johns Hopkins University showed. Over 1.1 million patients have died, while around 29.8 million have gotten well.

The Philippines currently ranks 20th in the global list of countries with the highest number of COVID-19 infections.