COVID-19 active cases breach 61,000 anew; 110 new deaths recorded

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COVID-19 active cases breach 61,000 anew; 110 new deaths recorded (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — The country's tally of active COVID-19 cases or sick patients rose to 61,776 on Friday, the highest in over a month, the Department of Health said.

The DOH case bulletin said the active case count is 4.6% of the total number of infections, which increased to 1,346,276 after 6,833 more people caught the coronavirus. It is the highest number of active cases in a day following May 8, when there were over 63,000 ill patients. Of the active cases, 92.2% have mild symptoms, 3.7% have no symptoms, 1.7% are in severe condition, 1.2% are in critical condition and 1.22% are in moderate condition.

The death toll climbed to 23,385 or 1.74% of the COVID-19 tally after 110 more people lost their lives to the disease, the DOH said. It is the fourth time in a row this week that there have been over a hundred deaths in a day.

Meanwhile, 3,441 patients got better, raising the survivor count to 1,261,115 which is 93.7% of the case count.

The DOH said it reclassified 90 recoveries — 30 of them into active cases and 60 into fatalities after validation. It also deleted 14 duplicate cases, including ten survivors and one fatality.

The total excludes data from five laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time. These laboratories contributed an average of 2.6% of samples tested and 4.4% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The daily positive rate or percentage of people who tested positive rose slightly from 11.8% to 12.6% based on 43,635 tests done on June 16. The rate remained within the 11 to below 14% range which has been recorded daily since May 5. But it is still beyond the recommended percentage of below 5% by the World Health Organization. Experts have said high positivity rates may mean high transmission and that there are still cases that have yet to be detected.

The DOH said Metro Manila's COVID-19 situation remains "fragile" after seeing increases in the daily attack rate - or the day-to-day increase or decrease of cases - in 11 out of its 17 cities and municipality. The department said it is also monitoring Pasay, Malabon, and Parañaque due to their "moderately high" intensive care unit utilization rates.

Davao City also recorded its highest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began after 482 residents were reported infected on Thursday. Independent research group OCTA said this is the first time the city reported more than 300 cases in a single day and the city's ICU utilization rate also rose to a critical level of 91%.

Davao City is one of the nine areas in the country being prioritized for vaccine allocation due to frequent COVID-19 case spikes.

Among Filipinos abroad, 142 more people caught the coronavirus, while one recovered and one died, the Department of the Foreign Affairs reported.

The case tally is now 20,422, of which 4,586 have been verified by the DOH, the DFA said. The DFA did not explain the surge in new cases as in previous posts. The survivor count is 12,092 while the death toll is 1,220. There are also 7,109 patients undergoing treatment.