PH records 1,987 new COVID-19 cases, with total now at 228,403

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Philippines recorded 1,987 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising its total tally to 228,403.

The last time that the country reported less than 2,000 COVID-19 infections in a single day was on July 29, when the Department of Health logged 1,874 more patients.

According to the DOH’s latest report, 818 or 41 percent of the new infections are from Metro Manila, while Cavite had 153, Laguna had 125, Negros Occidental had 122, and Rizal had 78.

COVID-19 recoveries also rose to 159,475, after 880 more patients got well. Meanwhile, the department said 65 more died of the disease, with the death toll reaching 3,688.

Among the newly announced fatalities, two occurred in September, 55 in August, and eight in April to July. The DOH added that 35 were from Metro Manila, nine from Calabarzon, six from Eastern Visayas, and the rest were from other areas in the country.

The number of active cases or currently ill patients is now at 65,240.

Based on a projection by researchers from the University of the Philippines, the country’s coronavirus tally could average at around 585,000 before the year ends.

In its coronavirus dashboard, the team indicated that the year-end COVID-19 figures could still go down to around 402,000 detected infections, but could also reach as high as 767,000, depending on different factors that may affect viral transmission, detection of cases, and data reporting in the next four months.

Among Filipinos residing abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs said another 43 patients have been cleared of COVID-19, while one more tested positive for the virus. There are now 10,097 cases tallied by the DFA, including 6,220 recoveries and 757 fatalities.

Data from the Johns Hopkins University showed there are now over 26 million cases across the globe. Of this number, 863,00 have died, while 17.3 million have recovered.