PH logs 1,383 new COVID-19 cases as total breaches 238,000

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The national tally of COVID-19 cases reaches 238,727, as the country logs its lowest daily rise since July 14. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — The national tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 238,727 on Monday, after the Department of Health announced that 1,383 more people have caught the virus.

This is the country’s lowest daily rise in cases since July 14, when the DOH logged 634 new patients.

The department said that of the total case count, 49,931 are active cases or currently ill patients.

Its latest report listed Metro Manila as the region with the most number of new infections with 525, followed by Laguna with 137, Batangas with 99, Negros Occidental with 77, and Cavite with 69.

Health officials added that recoveries climbed to 184,906, with an additional 230 survivors. On Sunday, the DOH announced a sharp increase of over 23,000 new recoveries under its Oplan Recovery program, which uses a time-based and symptoms-based scheme in tagging patients as having recovered.

Meanwhile, 15 have been added to the death toll, which is now at 3,890. Of the newly reported fatalities, three died in September, one in August, and the remaining 11 in the months of March to July, the DOH said.

The department also noted that 21 duplicates were removed from the total case count as part of its cleaning and validation process. It added that three cases previously reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the number of COVID-19 infections went up to 10,129, with 12 newly reported patients. It added that 42 more have recovered, bringing the total to 6,323, while five more have died, with the deaths climbing to 764.

On Sunday, Dr. Guido David of the University of the Philippines OCTA Research Team said the country has flattened the COVID-19 curve, as he noted that the national COVID-19 reproductive rate and the positivity rate have declined.

However, he warned that the COVID-19 trends can be reversed at any time and urged the public to continue strictly exercising caution.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to meet with the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force and address the nation on Monday night to discuss the coronavirus situation in the country.