COVID-19 cases in PH top 61,000 with 2,498 new infections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — The country’s coronavirus cases broke the 61,000 mark on Thursday, with 2,498 new infections reported by the Department of Health.

The national tally soared to 61,266, with 1,246 “fresh” cases and 1,252 “late” cases added. Fresh cases were detected in the last three days, while late cases were part of the DOH’s validation backlog.

Recoveries also climbed to 21,440, after the department confirmed that 467 more patients have gotten well. Another 29 died, with the death toll reaching 1,643.

According to the DOH, of the 29 deaths, eight occured in July, 19 in June, and two in May. Broken down into regions, 16 were from Central Visayas, nine from Metro Manila, three from Davao Region, and one from CARAGA.

The department said the age of those who died ranged from 18 to 80 years. Fourteen or nearly half were aged 60 and above, it added.

Of the new cases, 1,883 or 75 percent were registered in Metro Manila, which will remain under a general community quarantine until July 31.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday night said Metro Manila may revert to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Other areas which listed the most number of new infections include Cebu province with 198, Cavite with 57, Davao del Sur with 44, and Laguna with another 44.

Of the total confirmed infections, 38,183 are active cases, according to the DOH.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also recorded 59 more infections, 10 recoveries, and 15 new fatalities among Filipinos residing abroad. A total of 8,974 have caught the virus, according to the department’s data, while 5,321 have recovered and 633 have died.

A group of experts from the University of the Philippines earlier said the country will reach 60,000 coronavirus cases by the end of July. It later on issued a new study adjusting the projection to at least 70,000 in light of the recent spike in infections.

Worldwide, the disease has hit over 13.5 million people and killed around 584,000, based on the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 global tracker.