Philippines’ COVID-19 cases near 242,000 with 3,281 new infections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8) — The Department of Health announced 3,281 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, pushing the nationwide tally to 241,987.

The new cases are more than twice Monday’s figures, when the DOH reported 1,383 infections — the lowest daily rise since July 14.

Forty-three percent, or 1,420, of the new infected residents are from Metro Manila, which recorded a decline in cases over the past two weeks.

At the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force meeting on Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said all 16 cities and the lone municipality in Metro Manila have seen a downward trend in viral transmission following the implementation of the two-week stricter modified enhanced community quarantine in the region.

Meanwhile, the DOH said Cavite recorded 263 more patients on Tueday, while Negros Occidental had 204. Laguna had 197 cases, while Rizal had 196, it added.

In its latest report, the department also confirmed 286 more survived the disease, but 26 more died. These brought the total to 185,178 recoveries and 3,916 deaths.

Fourteen of the newly reported deaths happened in September, while eight in August and four in July, the DOH said.

The number of active cases or currently ill patients in the country now stands at 52,893.

The DOH also said it removed 21 duplicates from the overall tally as part of its cleaning process, while seven cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.

Among overseas Filipinos, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed another seven contracted the coronavirus, while 10 more patients got well. These figures pushed the tallies to 10,136 confirmed cases, with 6,333 recoveries and 763 deaths.

The global case count has breached 27.3 million, of which 892,000 have died and around 18.3 million have recovered, based on data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University.