COVID-19 recoveries surpass 1 million as deaths top 18,000

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The number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country exceeded one million on Friday, the Department of Health said, as the death toll surpassed 18,000. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — The number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country exceeded one million on Friday, the Department of Health said, as the death toll surpassed 18,000.

The infection tally also rose to 1,087,885 with 7,733 new cases, the DOH bulletin showed. Active or currently ill patients are at 66,626 - about 6.1% of the COVID-19 total - with 94.4% experiencing mild symptoms, 2% without symptoms, 1.5% with severe symptoms, 1.1% in critical condition and 0.98% moderate.

The DOH counted 1,003,160 recovered cases - which is 92.2% of the case tally - after 4,227 more survivors were recorded. Meanwhile, 108 more people lost their lives to the disease, raising the death toll to 18,099 or 1.66% of the case count. The department said it reclassified 64 recoveries into fatalities and deleted 20 duplicates, including 14 survivors.

The department said all laboratories submitted data on time.

The daily positivity rate, or rate of infected patients among those tested, is 14.1% out of 50,815 tests as of May 5. The recommended rate by the World Health Organization is below 5%, since high numbers may mean high transmission.

The OCTA research team noted that the daily average of 2,454 cases in Metro Manila on April 30 to May 6 is 56% lower compared to the peak surge. Cases are on a downward trend in Metro Manila with a reproduction number of 0.70. The national reproduction number or number infected by one case is 0.86. Experts earlier said the number should remain below one for a number of weeks to decongest hospitals. However, they noted that there is still continued increase in occupied beds in intensive care units with more than 850 beds in use.

Among Filipinos abroad, 45 more caught the disease, while 27 recovered and 12 passed away, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The infection total in 94 countries rose to 18,524 with 11,333 survivors, 1,159 fatalities and 6,032 undergoing treatment.