COVID-19 total surpasses 900,000 with 11,429 new cases

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The country's total COVID-19 cases rose to over 900,000 with an additional 11,429 infections recorded on Thursday, the Department of Health said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — The country's total COVID-19 cases rose to over 900,000 with an additional 11,429 infections recorded on Thursday, the Department of Health said.

The DOH said the nationwide tally is now 904,285, with 20.3% or 183,527 currently sick patients, also known as active cases. The country has been listing over 100,000 ill patients daily since March 26. The total does not yet include data from seven laboratories that did not submit their reports on time.

At least 96% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 2.8% have no symptoms, 0.5% are severe infections, 0.4% are in critical condition and 0.30% are in moderate condition.

The death toll jumped to 15,594 which is 1.72% of the case count after 148 more patients died. This marks the seventh straight day of three-digit deaths tallied. The recovery count is also at 705,164 or 78% of the total, with 856 new survivors.

The DOH said 68 of the new fatalities were added after validation showed they were mistakenly tagged as survivors in the previous report. It also removed 24 duplicates, including ten recoveries and one death.

The department also posted another high daily positivity rate of 19.1% out of 43,706 tests conducted as of noon of April 14. Positivity rate is the percentage of individuals that tested positive out of all patients tested in a day.

The rate is high since the World Health Organization recommends that the percentage be kept below 5%. Experts have pointed out that high positive rates mean higher transmission and that there are likely more people with the coronavirus in the community who have not been tested yet. The DOH will still update the figure once it gets the remaining data from the laboratories.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs counted three more infections, raising the total to 18,008 in 91 countries. Meanwhile, the survivor tally and death toll remained at 11,042 and 1,113, respectively, with 5,853 others undergoing treatment.