Coronavirus infections remain high

MANILA. Foreign passengers wearing protective suits line up for their flight to China at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Jan. 18, 2021. (AP)

THE number of coronavirus infections in the Philippines remained elevated, with the Department of Health (DOH) reporting nearly 2,000 new cases on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

These pushed the total infections in the recent week from January 18 to 24 to 13,042, slightly higher than the 12,887 cases reported for the week from January 11 to 17.

Cases averaged 1,863 a day in the recent week compared to 1,841 a day in the previous week.

In its case bulletin issued at 4 p.m. Sunday, the DOH posted 1,949 new infections, pushing the cumulative case count to 513,619.

The largest numbers of cases came from Davao City (99), Quezon City (98), Cavite (74), Baguio City (73) and Leyte (63).

There were 53 additional mortalities, raising the death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to 10,242. The case fatality rate remained at 1.99 percent.

The agency also reported 7,729 recoveries under its time-based recovery scheme, which declares coronavirus-positive individuals with no symptoms in at least 14 consecutive days as recoveries.

The 7,729 “mass recovery” on January 24 was nearly 32 percent higher than the 5,868 recoveries reported a week ago on January 17.

The new recoveries brought the total to 475,612 as of Sunday.

A total of 24,619 tests were conducted on January 23, of which 1,065 or 4.3 percent yielded positive results.

Globally, infections edged closer to 99 million. As of 3 p.m. Sunday, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center tracker showed more than 98.75 million cases worldwide, including over 2.12 million deaths.

The Philippines, with 511,679 cases as of January 23, ranked 32nd in terms of number of infections.

The United States continued to post the largest number of cases at nearly 25 million, followed by India with 10.65 million, Brazil with 8.8 million, Russia with 3.66 million and United Kingdom with 3.62 million. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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