COVID-19 cases in PH jump to 322,497, as recovery tally rises by 18,065

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) -- The Philippines logged 3,190 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with the national case count climbing to 322,497.

In its latest report, the Department of Health said Metro Manila recorded the highest daily rise in cases with an additional 1,279. This was followed by Rizal with 212, Laguna with 147, Cavite with 146, and Bulacan with 122.

Meanwhile, 18,065 more patients have gotten well, the DOH said, bringing the total recovery tally to 273,079.

The huge jump is largely due to the department's weekly release of data from its Oplan Recovery program. Under this scheme, a patient is considered cleared of COVID-19 after spending a certain amount of time in quarantine and once symptoms have disappeared upon a doctor's assessment. A confirmatory RT-PCR testing is no longer required.

The country's COVID-19 death toll also rose to 5,776 after 100 more patients succumbed to the disease. Sixteen of the newly reported deaths occurred in October, 57 in September, and the other 27 transpired in May to August, based on the case report.

Taking into account the recoveries and deaths, the number of active cases or currently ill patients is now at 43,642, which accounts for around 13 percent of the total cases.

According to the DOH, 15 COVID-19 testing laboratories were not able to submit their reports on time and were not yet included in Sunday's count.

It added that 23 duplicates were removed from the overall tally as part of its data cleaning process, while 19 cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported no new cases, recoveries, and deaths on Sunday. The case tally remains at 10,549 infected overseas Filipinos, of whom 793 have died and 6,750 have recovered.

Worldwide, nearly 35 million people have been infected with COVID-19, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Of this number, around 24.3 million have already recovered, while over a million have lost their lives to the disease.