PH lists 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time since August

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The country logged 5,000 new COVID-19 infections for the first time in nearly seven months, the Department of Health's Saturday case bulletin reported. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — The country logged 5,000 new COVID-19 infections for the first time in nearly seven months, the Department of Health's Saturday case bulletin reported.

The last time the department announced at least 5,000 cases was on Aug. 26 of last year with 5,277 infections that day.

The total is now at 616,611 with 9.2% or 56,679 active or currently ill patients. At least 92.3% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 4.3% have no symptoms, 1.4% are in critical condition, 1.4% are in severe condition and 0.66% are moderate infections. The latest number of active cases is also the highest after Oct. 3, when there were over 58,000 sick patients.

Based on data as of 12 nn of March 12, the positivity rate was 12.8%. Out of 30,456 tests conducted, there were 3,900 positive results, the DOH noted. The last time the country had a positivity rate of 12% was in August as well.

The death toll climbed to 12,766 which is 2.07% of the case count, after 72 more patients died. Meanwhile, 281 got better, raising the number of recoveries to 547,166, equivalent to 88.7% of the COVID-19 total.

The DOH said 23 survivors were reclassified as fatalities after validation. It also removed six duplicates, including four recoveries.

Data from seven testing laboratories were not included in the report since they have not yet sent their reports yet, the DOH said.

The DOH also posted the updated positivity rates for March 10 and March 11 at 11.3% and 10.7% respectively. Out of 41,583 patients tested on March 10, there were 4,702 positive results, while on March 11 there were 4,490 positive results out of the total 41,920 tests conducted that day.