FOR the 16th day since January 8, 2021, coronavirus infections in the Philippines remained above 1,500 a day.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,581 new cases on Monday, January 25, 2021, bringing the cumulative case count to 514,996.
Both Cebu City and Cebu Province re-entered the list of areas with the highest number of new cases.
Cebu City, with 88 confirmed new cases, came in second to Quezon City, which had 89 cases. Cebu Province was fifth, with 50 new infections, after Cavite (80) and Davao City (78).
The DOH case bulletin at 4 p.m. Monday also reported 50 additional mortalities, increasing the death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to 10.292.
These additional deaths also raised the country’s Covid-19 case fatality rate to 2.0 percent.
There were only 13 confirmed recoveries, which brought the total to 475,422.
Of the total caseload, 29,282 were considered active cases.
Testing was lower at 17,398, of which 907 or 5.2 percent yielded positive results.
There were only two instances within the period January 8 to 25 when the daily tally fell below 1,500. These were on January 13 (1,453) and on January 19 (1,357).
For 16 days, the daily tally ranged from 1,524 on January 12 to 2,178 on January 22.
Based on case bulletins by the DOH Central Visayas office, Cebu City has been posting double-digit infections since December 29, 2020.
Daily cases exceeded 50 in the last five consecutive days from January 20 to 24, and reached a high of 97 on January 23.
From January 1 to 24, the DOH-7 case bulletins recorded a total of 1,006 new cases in Cebu City alone.
Cebu Province, meanwhile, recorded 599 cases in the same period. The data for Cebu Province exclude those from the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)