PH coronavirus tally nears 426,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — The country's total number of COVID-19 cases moved closer to 426,000 on Friday after 1,631 more people got sick, the Department of Health announced.

The DOH said in its case bulletin the total coronavirus count rose to 425,918, of which 7.1% or 30,047 are active cases or currently ill patients. Around 84.3% of active cases have mild symptoms, 8.3% have no symptoms, 4.7% are in critical condition, 2.5% are severe, while 0.26% are in moderate condition.

Quezon City tallied the highest number of new infections with 116, followed by Rizal province with 101, Davao City with 95, Laguna with 89, and Manila City with 65.

Meanwhile, 46 more people succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 8,255, or 1.94% of the tally. Another 370 patients got better, bringing the number of recoveries to 387,616, which is 91% of the total number of cases.

The DOH said it removed ten duplicate cases from the count, including seven recoveries. It also corrected its previous report wherein eight recoveries and 25 active cases were mistakenly tagged as deaths. There were also 13 recoveries that were actually deaths after validation.

The bulletin did not include data from ten COVID-19 laboratories since they were not able to send their reports on time, the department noted.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs also announced a surge in COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, with 73 more catching the disease.

The number is significantly higher than its usual record of fewer than ten cases per day. The agency attributed the rise to "belated reports owing privacy concerns" from a European country. The surge brings the total number of infected overseas Filipinos to 11,665 in 82 countries, of which 2,677 cases have been verified by the DOH, the DFA said.

Two other overseas Filipinos also passed away while one more got better, raising the death toll to 836 and the tally of survivors to 7,497. There are also 3,332 patients undergoing treatment.