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Philippines coronavirus cases approach 300,000

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THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, September 25, 2020, reported 2,630 new cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the country’s caseload to just a few hundreds shy of 300,000.

In its case bulletin as of 4 p.m. Friday, DOH listed the total cases of infection in the country at 299,361, of which 61,766 were active cases.

The agency also reported 69 additional mortalities, raising the death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to 5,196.

Of the 69 new deaths, 43 occurred in September, eight in August, seven in July, 10 in June and one in May.

There were an additional 494 recoveries, increasing the total recoveries to 232,399.

Fifteen cases that were previously recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

About half of the new mortalities, at 33, were from the National Capital Region (NCR).

Of the 2,630 new cases, 2,327 occurred in the last two weeks from September 12 to 25.

Among these were 1,091 from NCR, 196 from Cavite, 171 from Laguna, 142 from Negros Occidental and 141 from Rizal.

The proportion of patients in critical condition declined to 2.8 percent of the active cases.

Severe cases also went down to 1.2 percent while mild cases increased to 87 percent and asymptomatic cases comprised 9.0 percent of the active cases.

The DOH bulletin also showed that 24 duplicates were removed from the total case count while more than 3.33 million individuals have been tested for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as of September 25.

Globally, more than 32.2 million people have been infected as of September 25, according to the tracker of Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Of the total, 983,065 had died from the disease. (MVI with HDT)


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