MANILA

Nearly 1,500 cases added to Covid-19 tally

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THE Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, July 4, 2020, reported 1,494 new cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the total count to 41,830.

The DOH also reported 10 additional mortalities, raising the death toll to 1,290.

An additional 380 patients ave recovered, increasing the recoveries to 11,453.

Saturday’s additional cases are lower than the 1,531 cases reported the previous day, the highest single-day figure so far.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire justified the high number of cases on July 3, saying they adjusted the period within which the Epidemiology Bureau collected the data from the Covid-Kaya system.

Several cases that should have been counted on July 2 were included on July 3 instead.

Among the additional cases reported on July 4, the DOH said 403 are fresh cases and 1,091 are late cases.

Fresh cases are test results that were released and validated by the Epidemiology Bureau in the last three days while late cases refer to results that came out more than three days ago.

Vergeire said they are set to do away with the fresh cases and late cases with the new reporting system that will be introduced next week.

"We have formulated a new way of reporting, wherein we will no longer show the late and fresh cases. Instead, we will just show how many additional cases have been reported," Vergeire said during a televised press briefing on Saturday.

"This is so the people will just see the real number of new cases and have an accurate picture of our daily numbers," she added.

She said they will include in the daily case bulletin a graph that will show how many cases were tallied daily based on their onset of illness. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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