Philippines logs over 22,000 COVID-19 recoveries, as total cases breach 217,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines topped 217,000 on Sunday, with 4,284 more infections tallied by the Department of Health.

The latest report showed 217,396 people in the country have been afflicted by the viral illness, with 56,473 active cases or currently ill patients.

Of the new cases, the DOH said 88 percent, or 3,779, were detected in the last 14 days.

It added that 51 percent or 2,207 of the new cases are from Metro Manila, while 327 are from Laguna, 191 from Cavite, 161 from Batangas, and 147 from Rizal.

The department also reported that 22,319 more patients have been cleared of COVID-19, which include those tagged as recovered under its Oplan Recovery.

The Oplan Recovery program employs a time-based recoveries scheme, wherein a patient is tagged as recovered after a certain number of days in quarantine and after symptoms have disappeared upon a doctor’s assessment. This means a confirmatory RT-PCR testing is no longer performed.

To date, the DOH said a total of 157,403 patients, or 72 percent of the national case count, have already beaten the virus.

Meanwhile, the death toll is now at 3,520, with 102 new deaths. Metro Manila accounted for the most number of newly reported fatalities with 52, followed by Calabarzon with 14, and Western Visayas with 10.

There are now over 25 million COVID-19 cases across the globe, including more than 842,000 deaths and some 16.4 million recoveries, based on a tracker maintained by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.