MANILA — (UPDATED) The Department of Health on Friday announced 1,233 additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, and reported more deaths mostly from Cebu, which emerged as a new virus hotspot.
Philippines' total number of confirmed cases is now at 52,914.
Of the additional cases, 848 are “fresh cases,” which refer to test results released within the last 3 days, and 385 are “late cases," or those released at least four days ago.
Of the fresh cases, 405 are from the National Capital Region, 30 are from Region 7 or Central Visayas while 413 are tagged as “Others.” Others may refer to cases from outside Metro Manila and those without location data.
Of the late cases, 139 are from NCR, 28 from Region 7 and 218 tagged as others.
The DOH also reported 42 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 1,360 fatalities. The large number of new deaths came a day after the DOH reported 0 deaths due to validation delays caused by incomplete case information.
The DOH said in a note on Friday that 4 additional deaths and 131 more recoveries should have been reported on Thursday.
Of the 42 deaths on Friday, 27 (64%) occurred in July and 12 (29%) happened in June. Majority or 36 of the deaths were from Cebu, Dr. Beverly Ho, director of the DOH Promotion and Communications Service, said during a televised briefing.
She said that of those that occurred in July, 10 were from July 3, 9 from July 2, 7 from July 1 and 1 from July 4.
“Ayon sa ating datos, more than half o 57% ay aged 60 years and above. Kaya naman ay mariin po naming pinapaalalahan ang ating elderly population, ang ating mga magulang at mga lolo at lola, na maging maingat ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” Ho said.
(Based on the data, more than half or 57% are 60 years old and above. That is why we should be careful during this pandemic and care for our elderly population, our parents, and our grandparents.)
Ho said that while the additional deaths were high, it is still lower than the numbers in March.
“Lets all keep it this way by being the solution in our homes, our offices, and public places especially when we deal with the elderly and the immunocompromised,” she said.
Meanwhile, there were 286 new recovered patients or a total of 13,230 recoveries.
This brings the number of active cases to 38,324.
Meanwhile, 73 cases were removed from the total count of patients because of duplication.
Almost 12.8 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 555,000 have died while 6.75 million have already recovered.