Monday, September 20, 2021

Virus case count exceeds 340,000 as infections accelerate

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AFTER seven days of posting less than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus infection per day, the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, October 12, 2020, announced 3,564 new cases that brought the total case count surging past the 340,000 mark.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, DOH said the country’s total case load has reached 342,816, of which 43,332 were active cases.

The agency also reported 150 new recoveries, increasing the total recoveries to 293,152.

There were 11 additional deaths, raising the death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to 6,332.

Of the 11 deaths, eight occurred in October, two in August and one in July. The mortalities were from Davao Region (4), Calabarzon (3), Ilocos (2), Northern Mindanao (1), and Caraga (1).

Two cases that were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths.

There were also 89 duplicates that were removed from the total case count. Of these, 71 were recovered cases.

Of the 3,564 cases reported Monday, 3,197 or 90 percent occurred within the recent 14 days from September 29 to October 12.

The National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of new cases at 1,344, followed by Cavite with 215, Laguna with 212, Rizal with 211 and Iloilo with 164.

Thirteen laboratories out of the 145 licensed RT-PCR and GeneXpert laboratories nationwide failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System on October 11.

More than 3.9 million individuals in the country have been tested for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)


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