Over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases bring PH tally to 326,833

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — The Philippines’ COVID-19 cases rose by 2,093 on Tuesday, hitting 326,833, the Department of Health reported.

Of the tally, 47,655, or around 14 percent, are active cases or currently ill patients, based on the DOH’s count. Some 85.6 percent have mild symptoms, 9.5 percent have no symptoms, 1.6 percent are severe cases, while 3.4 percent are in critical condition.

The case report showed that Metro Manila accounted for 557 of the new patients, while Cavite had 253, Iloilo had 166, Bulacan had 125, and Batangas had 118.

Another 209 COVID-19 survivors also brought the recovery tally to 273,313, while 25 new fatalities raised the death toll to 5,865.

Among the newly reported fatalities, the DOH said nine died in October, 15 in September, and one in August.

The department noted that 20 testing laboratories were not able to submit their reports on time and were not yet included in the latest figures.

Twenty-two duplicates were also removed from the overall case count as part of DOH’s data cleaning process. It added that eight cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.

Meanwhile, a day after announcing nearly 300 more infections among Filipinos residing abroad, new COVID-19 cases recorded by the Department of Foreign Affairs dipped to three on Tuesday, with the total climbing to 10,843. It also listed another death, bringing the death toll to 799, while recoveries stayed at 6,903.

Global cases have reached 35.5 million, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University, including 24.7 million recoveries and over a million of deaths.