Philippines reports 3,073 new COVID-19 infections, raising total to over 307,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — The Philippines’ COVID-19 cases rose by 3,073 on Monday, following six straight days of logging under 3,000 new infections.

This raised the national case tally to 307,288, the Department of Health said in its latest report. Of this number, 49,242 are active cases or currently ill patients.

Recording the highest increase in cases nationwide is Metro Manila, which reported 1,158 more infected residents. Cavite came next with 225, followed by Laguna with 203, Rizal with 173, and Batangas with 169.

The DOH also confirmed another 163 COVID-19 survivors, pushing the recovery count to 252,665. Just a day before, the department announced nearly 20,000 new recoveries, of which 96 percent are time-based, where patients were cleared of the infection after spending a certain amount of time in quarantine and upon the loss of symptoms. This also means a confirmatory RT-PCR testing was no longer required to tag the patients as recovered.

COVID-19 deaths in the country, meanwhile, reached 5,381, with 37 new fatalities. Twenty-six of these newly reported deaths occurred in September, while the other 11 happened in April to August.

The DOH noted that 11 duplicates were removed from the total case count as part of its constant data cleaning process. Moreover, two cases previously reported as recoveries were retagged as deaths after final validation.

President Rodrigo Duterte will address the nation on Monday night and will likely announce the latest community quarantine classifications nationwide, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.

Mayors in Metro Manila, the country’s COVID-19 outbreak epicenter, unanimously recommend retaining the general community quarantine status in the region until Oct. 31, citing the need to sustain the recorded downward trend in infections. The region has been under GCQ since June 1, excluding the two-week return to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine in the first half of August.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported a spike in new confirmed cases with 29 more infected. It also listed 22 new recoveries and another death.

So far, the department has tallied a total of 10,467 overseas Filipinos who have caught COVID-19, including 6,676 who have already recovered and 792 who have succumbed to the illness.

Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll is approaching one million, while the global case tally has climbed past 33 million, based on data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University.