DOH confirms over 1,300 Covid-19 deaths in just one week

MANILA. A modular tent at the Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium provides hospital care to additional Covid-19 patients. (Courtesy of DOH)

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, April 10, 2021, reported more than 12,000 new infections for the second day in a row and 225 additional mortalities that brought the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) death toll to more than 1,300 in just seven days.

From April 4 to 10, the DOH confirmed a total of 1,322 mortalities, although some of these occurred before the said period.

In its case bulletin at 4 p.m. Saturday, the DOH said the 225 mortalities included 49 cases that were tagged as recoveries but were validated to be deaths.

These increased the cumulative deaths since the start of the pandemic to 14,744 in the Philippines. The case fatality rate remained at 1.73 percent.

The DOH also reported 12,674 new infections, which brought the number of active cases closer to 200,000.

As of Saturday, there were 190,245 active Covid-19 cases, or 22.3 percent of the 853,209 cumulative cases nationwide.

The number of active cases is, however, expected to decrease on Sunday because of the DOH’s mass recovery scheme that declares coronavirus-positive individuals with no symptoms in at least 14 consecutive days as recoveries.

On Saturday, DOH reported 593 recoveries, which increased the total to 648,220. Three labs failed to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

The positivity rate remained elevated at 20.7 percent. A total of 40,868 samples were tested for Sars-CoV-2. (HDT / SunStar Philippines)


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