THE number of patients who died from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) fell below 100 a day for the second time in the last seven days, but the cumulative death toll still breached 16,000 on Monday, April 19, 2021.
In its case bulletin Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) also reported new cases that fell below 10,000 for the third time in the last seven days and over 9,000 additional recoveries.
The 9,628 new infections brought the cumulative case count to 945,745 as of April 19.
Of these, 16,048 had died, including the 88 additional mortalities confirmed on Monday. The case fatality rate remained at 1.7 percent.
The daily death toll also fell below 100 on April 17, when the DOH reported 72 mortalities.
Except for these two instances, the death toll has exceeded 100 daily since April 9, reaching a high of 401 on that day.
In the last 11 days from April 9 to 19, the death toll from Covid-19 averaged 175 a day.
The cumulative case count also included 141,375 active cases, a mere increase of 286 from the previous day’s 141,089 because the DOH also listed 9,266 new recoveries on Monday.
The new recoveries brought the total to 788,322, or 83.4 percent of the cumulative caseload.
The daily positivity rate, which had fallen below 20 percent since April 12, declined for the third day, reaching only 15.4 percent on Monday. However, testing output was low at 24,432 as of noon of April 18. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)