FOR the fourth time in the recent seven days, the Department of Health (DOH) reported around 2,000 new coronavirus infections in a day.
In its case bulletin issued at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021, the DOH recorded 1,912 newly confirmed cases, bringing the total case count in the country to 494,605.
It was the fourth time in seven days from January 8 to 14 that cases reached or edged close to 2,000. The DOH also reported 1,952 cases on January 9, 1,906 on January 10 and 2,052 on January 11.
Davao City, with 136 new infections, returned to the top of the list of cities and provinces with the highest number of cases in a single day.
It was followed by Quezon City (107), Agusan del Sur (61), Dagupan City (57) and Cavite (54). Cebu City, which had the fifth highest number of infections on January 12 and 13, exited from the top five list on Thursday.
The country’s case fatality rate for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remained at 1.97 percent as the DOH reported 40 additional mortalities on Thursday.
There were 746 additional recoveries, increasing the total number of recoveries to 459,252 (92.9 percent).
Of the total case count, there remained 25,614 active cases.
A total of 22,984 individuals were tested in 24 hours until noon of January 13. Of this number, 1,323 or 5.8 percent were positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
The DOH did not mention whether the first B.1.1.7 variant case in the Philippines has been included in the case count.
The B.1.1.7, a Sars-CoV-2 variant that was first detected in England, was detected in swab specimens from a 29-year-old Filipino male from Kamuning, Quezon City who recently traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)