Philippines’ COVID-19 cases rise to 421,722

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 24) -- The Department of Health announced on Tuesday 1,118 more people were diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, pushing the nationwide tally to 421,722.

The DOH said this count excludes the latest reports from 11 testing laboratories which failed to submit their data on time.

According to the case bulletin, the highest rise in infections was seen in Caloocan City, which logged 89 more patients. Both Davao City and Laguna came next with 52 each, followed by Quezon province with 47, and Quezon City with 46.

Recoveries also rose to 386,792, with 196 more added in the DOH’s count. However, 12 more succumbed to COVID-19, taking the country's death toll to 8,185.

These figures also bring the number of currently ill patients to 26,745, which is 6.3% of the total case count.

The DOH said after final validation, it removed 10 duplicates from the overall tally and reclassified as deaths six cases mistakenly reported as recoveries.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said seven new infections were reported among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 11,567. Recoveries reached 7,487 with nine more survivors, while fatalities remained at 834.

Cases worldwide have breached 59.2 million, based on the Johns Hopkins University's latest tally. The global COVID-19 death toll is nearing 1.4 million, while recoveries are almost at 38 million.