COVID-19 cases in PH surge towards 158,000

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The country's total number of COVID-19 cases leaped close to 158,000 on Saturday, after recording 4,351 new infections, according to the Department of Health. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The country's total number of COVID-19 cases leaped close to 158,000 on Saturday, after recording 4,351 new infections, according to the Department of Health.

The agency said in a case bulletin the total tally is now at 157,918 with 83,109 active cases or currently ill patients.

From the active cases, some 91 percent are experiencing mild symptoms, 7.5 percent reportedly show no symptoms, 0.9 percent are in critical condition while 0.6 percent are severe cases, the bulletin detailed.

Metro Manila is the region with the most number of new infections with 2,460 more cases, followed by Laguna with 232, Cavite with 211, Cebu province with 187 and Rizal with 184 newly infected residents, the DOH noted. The department also said that of the new cases, 3,469 infections or 80 percent were detected in the last 14 days.

A group of 885 patients got better while 159 others died. This is the first time newly recorded deaths hit over 100 in a day since July 18 when the DOH reported that 113 succumbed to the disease.

From the newly reported deaths, one occurred in April, three in May, 37 in June, 61 in July and 57 in August, the agency said. The DOH also clarified an error from its previous report, saying 71 recoveries were supposed to be listed as 70 deaths and one active case while one death was actually a recovered patient.

The current death toll is 2,600 while the number of survivors is 72,209, the department added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs reported 15 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 9,893. Also, 18 more also recovered while three others died. The number of recoveries rose to 5,842 while the death toll hit 725, the DFA added.