PH COVID-19 cases exceed 143,000 with over 4,000 new infections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) — The Department of Health on Wednesday reported more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the Philippines' coronavirus tally to 143,749.

The department added 4,444 more to the case tally, with nearly 60 percent or 2,618 cases coming from Metro Manila.

Laguna accounted for 233, Cavite for 227, Rizal for 174, and Bulacan for 129 of the new cases, based on the latest report.

The DOH said 74 percent or 3,294 of the new infections were detected within the last two weeks.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll also increased to 2,404, with 93 more added. Among the newly reported deaths, 13 occurred in August, 49 in July, 30 in June, and one in May.

Broken down into regions, 67 deaths are from Central Visayas, 16 from Metro Manila, three from Zamboanga Peninsula, two each from the regions of Western Visayas, Bicol, and Davao, and one from Calabarzon.

Recoveries, meanwhile, climbed to 68,997, after another 636 patients got well, according to the DOH.

These figures result in 72,348 active cases or currently ill patients in the country.

The DOH said 231 duplicates have been removed from the total tally as part of its cleaning and validation process.

The Inter-Agency Task Force is set to meet Wednesday to finalize its recommendation on whether to ease or retain the community quarantine status in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, which are under a modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 42 new cases, bringing the number of infected to 9,816. It also counted 13 more fatalities and 12 survivors, with the death toll now at 721 and recoveries at 5,802.

The disease has infected over 20.3 million people across the globe and killed more than 741,000, based on the Johns Hopkins University tracker.