Philippines’ COVID-19 cases exceed 70,000

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The country’s coronavirus cases hit past 70,000, with nearly 2,000 new infections reported by the Department of Health.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) — More than 70,000 people in the country have been infected with the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.

The national case count now stands at 70,764, after 1,951 new COVID-19 infections were recorded by the DOH. Of the added cases, 1,348 are "fresh" or were detected in the last three days, while 603 were part of the validation backlog.

Based on the case report, Metro Manila accounted for 1,464 or 75 percent of the new cases. Meanwhile, Cebu province registered 90 cases, Laguna had 74, Cavite had 53, while Rizal had 36.

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Recoveries are currently at 23,281, after another 209 have beaten the virus, the DOH said. It also confirmed two more deaths, pushing the death toll to 1,837.

These figures bring the number of active cases or currently ill patients to 45,646.

According to a recent projection by researchers from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, the country’s COVID-19 cases may surge to at least 85,000 by end of the month, with 2,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported nine new infections, another nine recoveries, and one more death among Filipinos residing abroad. These brought the tallies to 9,145 cases, with 5,369 recoveries, and 645 deaths.