Over 100 Covid-19 deaths for 2nd consecutive day

MANILA. The Philippine Red Cross starts the pilot run of saliva tests to detect Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, on January 12, 2021. Senator Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, says 1,000 individuals, including health workers from 15 hospitals, will be tested. The saliva test is cheaper and quicker, with results expected in three to four hours. (PRC)

THE Department of Health (DOH) reported more than 100 mortalities from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the second day in a row on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

The 146 mortalities were the highest single-day death toll in roughly four months from September 15, 2020 to January 13, 2021. These were higher than the 139 deaths recorded on Tuesday, January 12.

As a result, the Covid-19 case fatality rate (CFR) in the Philippines jumped to 1.97 percent on Wednesday from 1.94 percent on Tuesday. The cumulative death toll increased to 9,699.

The DOH also reported 1,453 new coronavirus infections, lower than the cases ranging from 1,524 to 2,052 a day in the last five days from January 8 to 12.

These brought the total case count to 492,700, of which 24,478 (5.0 percent) remained active.

The cities of Davao and Cebu remained on the list of cities and provinces with a high number of new cases.

Quezon City posted the highest number of new infections at 95, followed by Cavite with 66, Manila with 54, Davao City with 40 and Cebu City with 44.

There were 397 additional recoveries, pushing the total to 458,523 (93.1 percent).

Testing activities have normalized, as a total of 27,625 individuals were tested in 24 hours until 12 noon of January 12 compared to the less than 10,000 tests a day during the holidays. Of those tested on Tuesday, 1,511 or 5.5 percent yielded positive results. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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