COVID-19 cases in PH exceed 561,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — The country’s COVID-19 tally rose past 561,000 on Sunday after the Department of Health announced 1,888 new patients.

The case count now stands at 561,169, of which 26,238 or 4.7% are active cases, the latest report showed. This update does not yet include data from two testing laboratories which failed to submit on time.

The DOH said 9,737 patients were also cleared of the infection, raising the number of recoveries to 522,843.

Meanwhile, the death toll climbed to 12,088 with 20 more fatalities, including 12 which were previously tagged as recoveries.

The department added that it removed seven duplicate entries from the total case count, including two recoveries, after final validation.

Of the overall case tally, the DOH said 62 are confirmed cases of the new and more transmissible B.1.1.7 variant which was first detected in the United Kingdom. This came after the department also reported on Sunday 18 more cases of the said variant. Thirteen of these additions were detected among returning overseas Filipino workers, three were from the Cordillera Administrative Region, and two are still being verified.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 10 more fell ill with COVID-19, while two more succumbed to the disease. These brought the total number of infected to 14,801 and fatalities to 1,014. Recoveries remained at 9,301.

Globally, over 111 million people have caught the virus, of whom more than 2.4 million died and some 62.6 million have recovered, based on data from the Johns Hopkins University.