PH's COVID-19 cases top 447,000 with 1,504 new infections

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The country recorded another 1,504 coronavirus cases, bringing total infections to over 447,000 on Friday, the Department of Health announced. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — The country recorded another 1,504 coronavirus cases, bringing total infections to over 447,000 on Friday, the Department of Health announced.

The agency’s case bulletin said the tally of cases rose to 447,039. From this record, 29,001 or 6.5% are active cases or currently ill with 85.8% experiencing mild symptoms, 6.7% have no symptoms, 4.8% are in critical condition, 2.4% are severe cases while 0.25% are in moderate condition, the bulletin showed.

Davao City posted the highest number of new cases with 122 more infected residents, followed by Rizal province with 85, Quezon City with 80, Santiago City in Isabela with 67 and Bulacan with 64.

Meanwhile, eight more patients died from the disease, raising the death toll to 8,709, which is 1.95% of the total number of cases. The number of survivors also increased to 409,329 after 273 more people got better. The number of recoveries is equivalent to 91.6% of the tally of cases.

The department said it removed five duplicates from the tally, including one recovery. It also corrected its previous report wherein one death was mistakenly tagged as a survivor.

The total count did not include data from 12 COVID-19 laboratories since they were not able to submit their reports on time, the DOH noted.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs also announced a surge in COVID-19 infections among Filipinos abroad with 591 more people catching the coronavirus.

The new numbers were a significant jump since the DFA usually reports daily cases below 100, with some even fewer than ten. The agency attributed the spike to "belated reports" from an Asia-Pacific country. This brings the total number of infected overseas Filipinos to 12,290, including 3,382 whoe were verified by the DOH, in 82 countries, the DFA said.

The department also said the number of survivors climbed to 7,997 after 419 more people recovered. Thirteen others died, pushing the death toll to 860 while 3,433 are undergoing treatment.