PH'S COVID-19 cases climb to 63,000 with 1,841 new infections

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The country's COVID-19 case tally has reached 63,001, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — The country's COVID-19 case tally has reached 63,001, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.

The agency reported 1,841 new infections, of which 710 were "fresh" or detected in the last three days and 1,131 were part of the department's validation backlog.

The City of Manila tallied the most new cases with 441 more infections, followed by Quezon City with 140, Mandaluyong with 96, Cebu City with 87 and Navotas with 85 infections.

The DOH also noted 39,593 active cases or currently ill patients. Of this number, 90.3 percent have mild symptoms, 8.8 percent have no symptoms, 0.4 percent are severe cases while 0.4 percent are in critical condition, the case bulletin showed.

Some 311 new survivors were also recorded, bringing the number of people who have recovered to 21,748. Meanwhile, the death toll struck 1,660 with 17 new deaths. Nine deaths were recorded in July, six in June, one in May and one in April, DOH detailed.

The health department added that nine of the new deaths were from Metro Manila, two from Davao region, four from Northern Mindanao and one from Central Visayas while another was a Filipino who recently returned from overseas.

Ten deaths were among those aged 60 years old and above, it said. The youngest newly reported death was 33 while the oldest was 82, it added.

The new cases were reported by 76 out of 84 COVID-19 testing laboratories, the DOH added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also announced seven new cases among Filipinos abroad, with the total rising to 8,980 in 65 countries.

The agency reported one new death from the Middle East and no new recoveries. Death toll stays at 634 while recoveries are 5,321, it said.

On the other hand, the Philippine National Police listed 53 new infections among its ranks, raising the total infected police to 1,387 with 586 recoveries and nine deaths.