DOH reports over 20,000 new COVID-19 recoveries, more than 3,000 new cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — A new batch of 20,021 recovered COVID-19 patients in the country was reported by the Department of Health on Sunday, as the national death toll moved closer to 5,000.

This marks the fourth consecutive Sunday that the DOH announced over 20,000 new survivors. Every week, the department announces thousands of new patients cleared of the virus based on its Oplan Recovery program's criteria, which tags mild and asymptomatic patients as recovered after spending a certain amount of time in quarantine and once symptoms have disappeared upon a doctor's assessment.

Of the new recoveries logged, the DOH said 19,396 are time-based, while 625 are from routine reports. There are now a total of 229,865 COVID-19 survivors in the country.

The country's COVID-19 case count also jumped to 286,743 with 3,311 new patients logged by health officials.

Metro Manila made up for 1,435 of the new infections, while Negros Occidental had 261, Laguna had 231, Rizal had 204, and Cavite had 174, according to DOH.

Meanwhile, the total number of deaths rose to 4,984, with 55 new fatalities. Of these number, 33 occurred in September, 17 in August, and five in July.

Taking into account the recoveries and deaths, the country's active cases, or currently ill patients, are now at 51,894. This is down from over 68,000 recorded just a day before. Around 86.6 percent have mild symptoms, 8.7 percent have no symptoms, 1.4 percent are severe cases, and 3.3 percent are in critical condition.

Twenty-nine duplicates were also removed by the DOH from the total case count as part of its constant data cleaning process. It added that after final validation, 25 cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths, while three turned out to be active cases.

In a related development, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed four more overseas Filipinos were diagnosed with COVID-19. There are now 10,390 cases among Filipinos living abroad, of whom 6,594 have already recovered while 777 have died.

Globally, over 30.7 million people have been infected with the virus, according to data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University. More than 957,000 of this number have lost their lives to COVID-19, while around 21 million have gotten well.